Connecting Science Public Engagement Prizes

Our new campus prize scheme to reward and celebrate excellence in public engagement

Our Connecting Science Public Engagement Prizes recognise outstanding efforts in engaging public or schools audiences with science, research and innovation on campus. Presented annually, there are three prize categories:-

Innovator Prize

An individual prize to recognise staff or students at earlier career levels and/or stages in their public engagement journey, who have demonstrated outstanding proactivity and achievement in public engagement. One winner and a runner-up will each receive £500 and £250 respectively plus a development award of the same amount to be used for a public engagement or related professional development activity.

Excellence Prize

An individual prize intended to celebrate a significant and longstanding commitment to public engagement evidenced by sustained activity and influencial impact. One winner and a runner-up will each receive £1,000 and £500 respectively.

Engaged Team Prize

A group or team prize to recognise an outstanding collaborative effort in engaging external audiences with aspects of campus science or research. One winning team will receive £2,000.

For the Innovator and Excellence Prizes, direct applications are welcomed by any student or staff member who feels they have a strong engagement portfolio in line with the prize guidelines (below). Alternatively, we accept nominations from staff who feel a colleague should be recommended for a prize (nominators may liaise with nominees when completing the application form).

For the Engaged Team Prize, applications are invited by a lead representative of the team or group which is predominantly based on campus.

The deadline for applications to all categories is Fri 16th March 2018. Prizes will be presented at the Connecting Science Garden Party which will take place on Tues 22nd May 2018.

The prizes are assessed by a panel of judges both internal and external to campus. Across all categories, judges will look for a variety of qualities including relevance to campus science, creativity of approach, partnership, sustainability of impact and efforts to tackle equality and diversity through the public engagement activity.  Fuller guidance and the application forms are downloadable below: