The NCCPE team report on exciting afternoon at the Engage Competition 2014 awards ceremony.
After an action-packed afternoon, we’re thrilled to announce the winners of our Engage Competition 2014. The awards ceremony, held at the Natural History Museum in London as part of Universities Week, was a real celebration of the excellent engagement taking part in universities across the UK, with people travelling form far and wide to attend. There was a real buzz in the room as NCCPE Deputy Director Sophie Duncan, and special guests John Womersley, Public Engagement Champion for Research Councils UK and Alice Roberts, Professor of Public Engagement in Science at the University of Birmingham, presented the awards to the eight category winners and the overall Engage Competition 2014 winner.
Our overall winner, chosen from an amazing 230 entries, was the CAER Heritage Project from Cardiff University, an inspiring project that, in the words of one of the judges, "...really did have it all". Not only did the project make a profound impact on the community who got involved, it also profoundly changed the researchers, animating their work with new insights and expertise and reconnecting them to the educational mission that drives their work. You can find out more about the project in this case study on our website.
The category winners were equally inspiring projects:
danceroom Spectroscopy: UWE / University of Bristol
Celestial Sirens: Laurie Stras, University of Southampton
Health and Wellbeing
Service User and Carer Group Advising on Research (SUGAR): City University, London
History and Heritage
CAER Heritage Project: Cardiff University
Art, Design and Culture
Prison Reading Groups: University of Roehampton
Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths
The Enlightenment Café: Deadinburgh: Edinburgh University
Engaging with Young People
What if...?: Durham University
Focus on the Positive: University College London
Speaking of the competition, Alice Roberts, Professor of Public Engagement in Science at the University of Birmingham, said:
"These awards are about recognising outstanding public engagement that is going on in our universities, carried out by both staff and students. It’s important to celebrate these achievements, to recognise and reward those who are making a real impact, especially as public engagement can still be an under-valued part of an academic work."
We would like to congratulate all our award winners, and the finalists. We hope everyone thoroughly enjoyed the chance to come together and celebrate excellent engagement, and we'd like to say a special thanks to everyone who entered the competition, and also to our judges who had the difficult task of selecting the finalists and winners.
To view a series of short films from the awards ceremony, click here.
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