About the Roger Needham Award

This prestigious award was established in memory of the late Professor Roger Needham. Sponsored by Microsoft Research, it is presented annually for a distinguished research contribution in computer science by a UK-based researcher who has completed up to ten years of post-doctoral research.

The committee would very much like to encourage all forms of contribution to computer science, which should be interpreted very broadly to include informatics, computer engineering, and contributions to teaching and industry.

The winner is also given a £5,000 prize and the opportunity to present the public Needham Lecture on their work. Winners are asked to contribute an article describing their work, in terms accessible to a general audience, for publication in the BCS magazine ITNOW.

Nominations for the 2019 Needham Award will open on 22 October 2018 and close on 18 January 2019.


Having completed up to ten years of post-doctoral research means that, if nominated for the award in - for example - 2018, then the author should normally have received their PhD after 1st January 2008. However, allowance may be made for career breaks and part-time working.

Candidates should ordinarily have been resident in the UK for three years prior to nomination, or be deemed to have an equivalent substantial connection to the UK. A candidate nominated in 2018 should normally have been resident in the UK from 1st January 2015.

Rules of submission

A nomination for the Roger Needham Award should consist of:

  • the full name and contact details of the nominator
  • the full name and contact details of the nominee
  • a description of the distinguished research contribution (up to 500 words) and a description of its importance in computer science for a general audience (up to 200 words)
  • a CV for the nominee up to four pages in length
  • the names and email addresses of three referees who would be able to provide an independent assessment of the nominee’s research contribution

Nominations should be in the form of a single electronic file in Word or PDF format. Document security levels should be set so that the file can be copied, printed and extracted from. The name of the nominee must be in the title of the file.

To submit a nomination or any enquiries please email awardscommittee@bcs.uk