Carol Fuller and Maria DanosMarvellous Mums has brought together researchers and community partners to support disadvantaged women from local communities to recognise their own skills and strengths. Armed with new confidence and aspirations, many have been able to take positive and significant steps to improve their own lives, and the lives of their families.
Intelligent solutions to a costly issue
Weizi Li, Muhammad Dashtban (PhD student), Toluwanimi Akinola (previous master student), Keiichi Nakata and Eghosa Bazuaye’s team in Royal Berkshire HospitalMissed appointments cost the NHS millions every year. Weizi Li and her team developed a computer model to predict which patients might miss their next check up, prompting a reminder. Already, across three departments at the Royal Berkshire Hospital, missed appointments in the at-risk group, have plummeted by a third.
Astor100: Challenging the male narrative in Parliament
Jacqui TurnerAstor100, curated by Dr Jacqui Turner, commemorates a hundred years of women in Parliament and is influencing contemporary debate on attitudes to women in politics today. Through public lectures, exhibitions and a crowd-funded bronze statue, the programme sets the standard for how female political pioneers should be commemorated.
Voices for action in the climate conversation
Grady WalkerFarmers in Uganda are adapting to the changing climate with little support from, or communication with, local government advisors. Grady Walker upskilled farmers in film-making to visualise the challenges and propose solutions. Knowledge can now be shared between farmers and new dialogue with district leadership has begun.
Picturing challenges of life in paradise
Every day, island communities in the Maldives feel the impact of environmental change caused by humans. Alex Arnall empowered islanders to use photography to document these challenges and bring their concerns to the attention of policymakers.
Art that activates
Reading International forged links between artists, communities and venues to create contemporary artworks that spark debate on local and global issues. Reaching over 45,000 people in three years, it is helping to raise the quality of cultural organisation in Reading by applying novel curatorial methods that inspire.
The value of stability
Neil Crosby, Peter Wyatt, Steven Devaney, Pat McAllister and Cathy Hughes
Neil Crosby’s work with colleagues in the Department of Real Estate and Planning has raised UK and international standards in property valuation. It has influenced global monetary policy towards improving the financial stability of nations and is set to shape how affordable housing is delivered in England.
Getting better connected for the climate
Tom OliverA lack of connectedness – to others and to nature – is contributing to poor mental health and the climate crisis. Through a popular science book, public engagement, and government-level influencing, Tom Oliver is working to restore our sense of connectedness and encourage the development of planet-friendly policies and behaviours.
Professional development for the digital age
Rachel McCrindle, Richard Mitchell, Yota Dimitriadi, Blessing Mbipom, Kelly Leigh and Martin HaleyOverstretched and time-poor, GPs can struggle to engage with vital professional development. Making the most of digital capabilities and ‘keeping it light’, Rachel McCrindle and colleagues in partnership with Red Whale created learning resources that resonated with UK GPs, and uptake soared.
Restoring plant diversity in a biodiversity hotspot
Landscape restoration following mining operations in Australia is commonplace, but research revealed that over-fertilisation of ancient soils triggers long-term damage to biodiversity. Working closely with mining giants and regulators, Mark Tibbett’s research changed the practice of companies and the attitude of regulators for the benefit of globally important landscapes.
Picturing science for children
Sue WalkerMarie Neurath was a designer whose appealing and accessible graphic style helped explain complex science subjects to children in the mid-twentieth century. Through an exhibition and teaching resources, Sue Walker has given Neurath’s work the showcase it deserves and encouraged educators to recognise its continued relevance for primary teaching.
‘Venomous Snakebites: Rapid Action Saves Lives’
Sakthivel VaiyapuriLives are lost to venomous snakebites every day in rural India. Sakthivel Vaiyapuri’s education programme across Tamil Nadu is tackling the problem, providing a clear action plan for those affected. Easy-to-remember messages reached over 3 million people, giving bite victims the best chance of recovery.
The Research Engagement and Impact Awards aim to recognise and reward those who undertake high-quality engagement and impact activities, and/or have contributed to capacity building in this area. All University of Reading researchers and professional staff are eligible to enter, and can be nominated by another member of staff or can nominate themselves. Entrants can be at any level in their careers, and activities of any scale are welcome. Entries are assessed by a panel including academics, communications professionals and engagement experts from within the University.
Award winners receive £1000 towards their next engagement activity.