Current awardees

Applications for the Engage Watermark are now open until 5th October.

The National Co-ordinating Centre for Public Engagement (NCCPE) has awarded the Engage Watermark to the following higher education institutions and faculties.

School of Physical Sciences, University of Kent (Silver Award, 2020)

“The School of Physical Sciences is delighted and very proud by the award of Silver Watermark. We have placed Public Engagement and Communications (PEC) as a third stream of our mission alongside Teaching and Scholarship and Research and Enterprise, believing that to achieve excellence we must disseminate our aims and achievements to the widest number of stakeholders. Placing PEC at the centre of our teaching and research and supporting our staff in their PEC work is core to the School. We are thrilled to achieve NCCPE recognition of our work in this area and look forward to making continued progress both in our school and across the Division of Natural Sciences and the University.”
Professor Nigel Mason, Head of the School of Physical Sciences, University of Kent. 

Gurdon Institute, University of Cambridge (Silver Award, 2020)

"I am absolutely delighted that the Gurdon Institute has been awarded a Silver Watermark for our public engagement work. We strive to make our fundamental biological research accessible and responsive to the public for the mutual benefits of inspiration, knowledge exchange and trust. This award recognises the quality of our past activities and our exciting and ambitious plans for the future."
Professor Julie Ahringer, Director of the Gurdon Institute

University of Dundee (Gold Award, 2020)

“I am delighted to accept this prestigious award on behalf of the University of Dundee. I am extremely proud to lead an institution where our staff and student community are so passionate about engaging with the city and beyond, to effect real change, and to develop meaningful relationships with those we engage with. Our mission as a university is to transform lives locally and globally through the creation, sharing and application of knowledge. This award shows that we do not only state our aspirations but we live up to them through our actions and activity. My thanks go to everyone in our University community who has contributed to our public engagement work.”
Professor David Maguire, Interim Principal and Vice-Chancellor

University of Central Lancashire (Silver Award, 2020)

“We are delighted to be awarded the Engage Watermark and for our work in this area to be recognised on a national stage. Public engagement is a vital part of our role as a civic university and we look forward to further developing two-way engagement with our local communities over the coming years.”
Professor Graham Baldwin, Vice Chancellor


York St John University (Silver Award, 2019)

“In this detailed submission, we evidence the significant progress we are making in the level of support we give to public engagement. Across the whole University, there is a strong commitment to sharing our expertise with others whilst also learning from the communities we serve. We believe that in our region we are a beacon of excellence in the support we offer to public engagement.  At all levels of Leadership at the University there is a high level of institutional commitment to further improve the excellent work we are doing in public engagement.”
Professor Karen Stanton, Vice Chancellor of YSJU

Leverhulme Research Centre for Forensic Science, University of Dundee (Gold Award, 2019)

“We are absolutely delighted to receive this award, which recognises our vision to promote the importance of engagement between the entire justice community and the public in promoting an understanding of the science, and its limitations, behind the forensic evidence presented in our courts.” 
Professor Niamh Nic Daeid, Director of LRCFS

“The whole team, research and non-research, staff and students have embraced public engagement and their commitment enables the Centre to involve society in the work we do and it is fantastic to see that recognised by the NCCPE.”
Dr Heather Doran, Public Engagement Manager for LRCFS

University of Birmingham (Silver Award, 2018)

"Innovation and engagement are at the heart of everything we do in Birmingham. We are committed to engaging with a wide variety of publics to improve the design and delivery of research and learning, exciting people about knowledge and discovery, and ensuring that our work makes an impact. We are enormously proud to have been awarded a Silver Engage Watermark and see it as a great opportunity to further develop our commitment and excellence in public engagement."
Professor Sir David Eastwood, Vice-Chancellor, University of Birmingham

The University of Manchester (Gold Award, 2018)

"I am delighted we have been awarded a Gold Watermark for our work on public engagement, which is a key part of our social responsibility agenda. This recognises the excellent track record we have for delivering and supporting public engagement and our ambitious plans to embed this work further."
Professor Dame Nancy Rothwell, President and Vice-Chancellor, The University of Manchester

University of Strathclyde (Silver Award, 2018)

"Engagement is not froth here, or cosmetic – it is engrained.  It is part of the 'Strathclyde way'."
Professor Sir Jim McDonald, Principal and Vice-Chancellor, University of Strathclyde


Wellcome Genome Campus (Silver Award, 2018)

"Genomics is rapidly becoming part of people’s everyday lives, and it’s our goal to enable everyone to explore this deeply personal science. We’ve been working hard to embed a culture of public engagement across the full range of staff and students on the Wellcome Genome Campus.  Achieving this Silver Watermark is a fitting testament to the efforts of everyone and our future plans for public engagement across the campus."
Dr Julian Rayner, Director, Wellcome Genome Campus Connecting Science


University of Dundee, School of Life Sciences (Gold Faculty Award, 2017)

"This award demonstrates the fantastic work and commitment to public engagement by the School of Life Sciences that has been built up over several years. Their achievement and approach to public engagement including partnership working with others across the University, the City of Dundee and beyond reflects our core University values of working together as a community, making a difference and pursuing excellence."
Professor Sir Pete Downes, Principal and Vice-Chancellor, University of Dundee


Queen Mary University of London (Gold Award, 2016)

"We’re delighted and extremely proud to receive the Engage Watermark. At QMUL we acknowledge public engagement as an integral part of research and teaching, and believe in creating and sharing knowledge with a broad range of public and community partners. To have this view recognised by being the first institution to be awarded an NCCPE Watermark at gold level is a fantastic achievement."
Professor Simon Gaskell, President and Principal of QMUL