We’re delighted to report that last night Revealing Reality and the Financial Conduct Authority received the 2014 MRS Financial Services Research Award. It’s our first foray into this category, and serves as a fitting culmination to a year in which we’ve conducted a series of ground-breaking personal finance studies for the FCA and others.

The award-winning project was our ‘deep dive’ research into users of high-cost credit products, including payday loans, logbook loans and paid-for debt management plans. The research took place around a year ago, and our findings played a key role in the FCA’s assumption of responsibility for consumer credit in April of this year.

Another cause for celebration was our Senior Researcher Hannah Wright’s win in the IJMR Young Writer of the Year category. Hannah’s paper explores the relationship between religious identity and consumption among young British Muslims – challenging the idea of an ‘Islamic consumer’ through primary research which Hannah single-handedly designed, managed and conducted.

Finally, the icing on the cake was our unexpected nomination in the MRS Grand Prix for Greatest Impact – the final category of the evening, recognising the standout entries from all the year’s winners.

Thanks as ever to the MRS for a great evening, and congratulations to all our fellow winners and nominees.