Verna Wright Prize

The best oral presentation and the best poster presentation during the year (over two meetings) by a paid up associate member is eligible for the Verna Wright Prize. Both prizes are £150.00.

In order to be considered for the prize non-members whose abstracts are accepted for presentation join the SRR as an Associate Member before the meeting. Click here to Become a Member.

The criteria for judging is given below:

Oral Presentation Judging Criteria

Poster Presentation Judging Criteria


The winner of the 2019 Verna Wright Prize for best Oral Presentation (from the Nottingham and Warwick meetings) if Kris McGill Glasgow Caledonian University for his presentation ‘RECRUITMENT CHALLENGES IN STROKE REHABILITATION RANDOMISED CONTROLLED TRIALS (RCTS) – A QUALITATIVE EXPLORATION OF TRIALISTS’ PERSPECTIVES’.

The winner of the 2019 Verna Wright Prize for best Poster Presentation (from the Nottingham and Warwick meetings) is Kathryn VandenBerg Glasgow Caledonian University for her presentation ‘SUPPORT GROUPS FOR PEOPLE WITH APHASIA: A NATIONAL SURVEY OF THIRD SECTOR GROUP FACILITATORS’.

Congratulations to both of you as we have had a great deal of presentations this year at the two meetings. Both have been invited to our next meeting to receive their prize of £150 each.


The Verna Wright Prize winner 2018 for best oral presentation was Verity Longley, University of Manchester for her oral presentation 'Stroke and Pre-existing Cognitive Impairment: A Qualitative study of Clinicians’ experiences' and for the best poster presentation by an SRR Associate member was Florence Mutlow, University of Leeds ‘Investigation into the needs of informal caregivers of stroke survivors in Antananarivo, Madagascar’. Both presentations were made at the SRR Winter meeting in Bristol on the 6th February. Congratulations to Verity and Florence.


The Verna Wright Prize winner 2017 for best oral and poster presentations was Claire Mitchell, University of Manchester for her oral presentation 'Interventions for dysarthria due to stroke and other adult-acquired, non-progressive brain injury a Cochrane systematic review' and for her poster presentation ‘ReaDYSpeech computer therapy for people with dysarthria after stroke: could we recruit and retain to this feasibility trial?’. Claire presented both of these abstracts at the 14th Congress of the European Forum for Rehabilitation Research jointly hosted by the Society for Research in Rehabilitation in Glasgow 24-27th May 2017. Congratulations to Claire on her double acheivement.


The Verna Wright Prize winner 2016 for best oral presentation was Dr Rebecca Palmer, University of Sheffield for her presentation 'What do People with Aphasia want to be Able to Say?' and best poster presentation was Mr Richard Morris, University of Nottingham, for his presentation ‘A Systematic Review of Peer Mentoring Interventions for People with Traumatic Brain Injury’. Congratulations to Rebecca and Richard.


The Verna Wright Prize winner 2015 for best oral presentation was Dr Lena von Koch, Karolinska Institutet, Sweden for her presentation ‘Falls in Individuals after Stroke and Predictors for Falling 6 years after Stroke: a 6 year Longitudinal Study’ and best poster presentation was Mr Cameron Lindsay, Sandwell and West Birmingham NHS Trust, for his presentation ‘Muscle Strength at Twelve Weeks Following the Early Use of Botulinum Toxin to Treat Post Stroke Spasticity’. Congratulations to Lena and Cameron.


The Verna Wright Prize winner 2014 for best oral presentation was Alex Pollock Glasgow Caledonian University 'A Cochrane systematic review of physiotherapy treatment approaches to promote functional recovery after stroke' and best poster presentation was Andy Richardson University of Nottingham 'patients' perceptions of their upper limb use before and after a virtual reality (vr) intervention targeting the impaired upper limb after stroke: how sensitive and valid is the motor activity log (mal)?'. Congratulations to Alex and Andy.