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Apply for Research Engagement and Impact Awards 2018

Research Engagement and Impact Awards 2018

Professor Roger Matthews won the 2017 INFLUENCE award for his work protecting the cultural heritage of Iraq.

Reading researchers can highlight their work that interacts with people and makes a difference to society by applying now for the Research Engagement and Impact Awards. 

Awards were won in 2017 for projects that brought neuroscience to children through theatre, a viral Twitter graphic, a network of community researchers, and efforts to save world heritage sites and end the death penalty. Many more were highly commended by judges.

The University of Reading is committed to supporting our researchers to engage with public and professional audiences to ensure that our research contributes to global debates and benefits the economic and social life of UK, including Reading and the surrounding area. This might be through public engagement with research, knowledge exchange with local communities, business and other organisations, or contribution to local and national policy debates.

The annual Research Engagement and Impact Awards aim to recognise and reward those who undertake high-quality engagement and impact activities, and/or have supported the work of others in this area. Entrants can be at any level in their careers and activities of any scale are welcome.

Professor Steve Mithen said: “We want to celebrate and reward the great work on research engagement already going on around the University. And we also want to provide inspiration and spark ideas that could help take your research up to the next level.”

Awards will be made, across five categories, for excellent work that aims to:

  • Inspire: for work to engage children and young people with research. 
  • Inform: for work to find effective ways of informing the public about research to increase its accessibility, and to listen to their views about research. 
  • Influence: for work with policy or professional/practitioner audiences at local, national or international level to ensure that research influences the way they think about their work. 
  • Involve: for work to encourage public participation in research by involving people as researchers (e.g. citizen science) or collaborative research partnerships with external organisations or industry partners, including knowledge exchange. 
  • Embark: any engagement work by an early-career researcher.

How to enter

Entries can be made by individuals or groups and is by one simple entry form.

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Download application guidelines >>>

Up to five winning entries will be invited to showcase their projects and receive recognition for their achievements at the Research Engagement Awards ceremony which will take place on Tuesday 19 June 2018. 

The Awards process will be coordinated by the Research Communications and Engagement team, with the support of colleagues across the University, and overseen by the Deputy Vice Chancellor and Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research and Innovation, Professor Steve Mithen. 

Key dates

  • Thursday 19 April 2018 (12 noon): closing date for entries
  • Friday 18 May 2018: all entrants informed of decision
  • Tuesday 19 June 2018: Awards ceremony.

Further information

For enquiries, please contact Caroline Knowles, Head of Research Communications and Engagement  (extension 3894). 

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