2017 Winners Announced!

The Public Engagement with Research Unit and Principal Professor Sir Ian Diamond are delighted to announce the winners of the 2017 Principal's Prize for Public Engagement with Research, recognising outstanding achievement in public engagement. The prizes are awarded annually to a member of staff or student who has established a track record or made a significant contribution in public engagement inspired by areas of University research. This year's prizes were awarded by the Principal at a celebration tea party on Monday 28 August

Winner, Senior Category - Dr Neil Vargesson, Medical Sciences
Runner up (Recognition of Outstanding Achievement) - Professor Pete Smith, School of Biological Sciences

Winner, Early Career Category - Dr Jessica Butler, Institute of Applied Health Science
Runner up (Recognition of Outstanding Achievement) - Dr Heather Morgan, Health Services Research Unit

Prize for Outstanding Achievement in Public Engagement in the Biomedical Sciences: Joint Winners - Dr Karen McArdle, Manager MRC Centre for Medical Mycology and Dr Jonathan Pettitt, Medical Sciences

Celebrating outstanding engagement

“The University of Aberdeen is committed to achieving distinctive excellence across all aspects of its activities including the vital objective of engaging with society.  We have a considerable track record, with public engagement becoming ever more embedded in our core business.

Fundamentally, it is the quality and creativity of our own staff and students that make us stand out in this exciting arena. The Public Engagement with Research Prize is one way of recognising and celebrating outstanding achievement in the field of research-led public engagement. I wish applicants every success, and encourage everyone to continue with their exemplary efforts in raising the profile of our institution."

University Principal and Vice Chancellor - Professor Sir Ian Diamond


About the Prize scheme

The Principal's Prizes for Public Engagement with Research are intended to recognise individuals who have made an outstanding contribution in the field of research-led public engagement.  By research-led public engagement, we mean interaction with communities outside academia that has in the main been inspired or driven by research activity. The Prize is a measure of institutional support for public engagement with research at the University of Aberdeen.

As part of the Wellcome Trust Institutional Strategic Support Fund, we are pleased to continue the category of Outstanding Achievement in Public Engagement in Biomedical Sciences, which was introduced in 2015.

There are three categories in the prize scheme: Senior, Early Career and Outstanding Achievement in Public Engagement in the Biomedical Sciences. Staff and students can nominate themselves or others.

Winner, Senior Category - £400 personal prize and £400 for a public engagement with research activity or development opportunity
Runner up (Recognition of Outstanding Achievement) - £200 personal award

Winner, Early Career Category - £400 personal prize and £400 to be invested in a public engagement with research activity or development opportunity
Runner up (Recognition of Outstanding Achievement) - £200 personal award

Prize for Outstanding Achievement in Public Engagement in the Biomedical Sciences - £300 personal prize and £300 to be invested in a public engagement with research activity or development opportunity. wellcome trust logo

 


Eligibility, terms and conditions can be found on the Principal's Prize Application Form

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Previous winners

2016

Principal Prize for Public Engagement 2016Dr Gordon Noble was awarded the Senior Researcher first prize for his work in engagement with archaeology with Dr Amy Bryzgel from the School of Language, Literature, Music and Visual Culture and Dr Alex Johnstone from the Rowett Institute of Nutrition and Health receiving joint runner-up awards. Dr Heather Morgan, from the Health Sciences Research Unit was awarded the Early Career award with Annie Robinson, a research fellow in Biological Sciences winning the runner-up award. Norul Latif, a postgraduate researcher won the Outstanding Achievement in Public Engagement in the Biomedical Sciences, supported by the University's Wellcome Trust Institutional Strategic Support Fund.

 

 

 

2015

Professor Michael Keating of the School of Social Science was awarded the Senior Researcher award first prize, Dr Fern Insh of the School of Divinity, History and Philosophy was awarded the Early Career Researcher first prize and Dr Jennifer Macdiarmid of the Rowett Institute of Nutrition and Health was awarded the prize for public engagement in the Biomedical Sciences. Recognition of Outstanding Achievement was awarded to Professor Xavier Lambin in the Senior Researcher category and Dr Heather Morgan in the Early Career Researcher category.

 
 

 

2014

Principal Prize winner 2014Dr Rick Knecht and his co-investigators Dr Charlotta Hillerdal and Dr Kate Britton of the School of Geosciences were jointly awarded the Senior Researcher award first prize. Hannah Grist and Jenny Sturgeon of the School of Biological Sciences were jointly awarded the Early Career Researcher first prize. Recognition of Outstanding Achievement was awarded to Professor Thomas Weber in the Senior Researcher category and Dr Ourania Varsou in the Early Career Researcher category.

 
 

 2013

Dr Jane Reid and Dr Ewan Campbell both of the School of Biological Sciences were awarded the Senior and Early Career first prizes. Dr Jeff Oliver, lecturer in Archaeology and Sonia Watson, postgraduate researcher in neuroscience (photographed left), collected the awards for Outstanding Achievement in the senior and Early Career categories.

A special award recognizing the public engagement work of the University's Medi-CAL unit was presented to John McDonald of the University’s Medi-CAL unit. The award has been made in memory of Dr Neil Hamilton who passed away in November of last year. Dr Hamilton led Medi-CAL across a range of innovative IT and technology projects aimed at enriching the teaching and learning environment for staff and students. Dr Hamilton was also passionate about extending the work of Medi-CAL beyond the lab and classroom including most recently the showcasing of 3-D visualization systems with public and local schools.

To see more about other public engagement projects that are taking place at the University of Aberdeen take a look at our case studies section.