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SPS alumna picks up British Council award in Kazakhstan



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The Study UK Alumni Awards helps to identify good examples of professional and social impact of our graduates in Kazakhstan and inspire the young generation to study in the UK. I would like to share this award with all researchers in Kazakhstan in the social science field.

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Dr Saltanat Janenova, who studied her PhD in Social Policy at the School of Social of Political Science in 2010, has won the Professional Achievement Award in the British Council Alumni Awards 2021 for Kazakhstan.

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Dr Janenova was selected for the Professional Achievement Award following in-depth interviews with a judging panel, for achievements in her industry and contributions to strengthening collaborative ties between the UK and Kazakhstan.

The awards were announced in a virtual ceremony in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan on 12 March.

Dr Janenova said: “The Study UK Alumni Awards helps to identify good examples of professional and social impact of our graduates in Kazakhstan and inspire the young generation to study in the UK. I would like to share this award with all researchers in Kazakhstan in the social science field.”

The Professional Achievement Award

The British Council said in its announcement: “The Professional Achievement Award, which recognises alumni who have distinguished themselves through exemplary leadership in their professional field, was presented to Saltanat Janenova, a graduate of University of Edinburgh and Durham University. Saltanat is Assistant Professor at Graduate School of Public Policy, Nazarbayev University, she designs and teaches core modules for Master in Public Administration, Master in Public Policy, and PhD in Public Policy programmes. She is also engaged in doing research on public sector reforms in Central Asia and providing consultancy for government agencies and international organisations.  Saltanat has been published in reputable peer-reviewed academic journals.”

Dr Janenova’s PhD co-supervisors said: “Saltanat was an exceptional student whose PhD on one-stop shops in Kazakhstan brilliantly combined comparative public policy analysis with an in-depth country study based on extensive field research and participant observation as a practitioner in Kazakhstan. She was an exemplary PhD candidate who is much missed in Edinburgh, but has gone on to a stellar career in her home country as a government official, prolific author and experienced policy consultant.” – Professor Luke March, now head of subject area for Politics and International Relations at SPS

 “Saltanat came to Edinburgh on a scholarship and we were lucky that she chose us in preference to other UK universities. She is an outstanding representative of her country and wrote a really useful thesis that applied public policy theory to delivery systems in Kazakhstan, with findings applicable to other systems as well. It was a privilege to be associated with the development of her outstanding career.” – Professor Richard Parry, honorary fellow in Social Policy at SPS

More about the awards

The British Council’s Study UK Alumni Awards celebrate UK higher education and the achievements of UK alumni all over the world. Now in its 7th year, the awards received more than 1,300 applications from international UK alumni in more than 114 countries, representing more than 148 UK higher education institutions across the UK.

The winners in the other two categories of the British Council Alumni Awards for Kazakhstan were:

  • Akmaral Sman – Social Impact Award
  • Galym Baitimbetov – Entrepreneurial Award

Find out more on the Kazakhstan British Council website.