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COHESION Pilot team winning an Engage Award

The National Co-ordinating Centre for Public Engagement (NCCPE) is delighted to announce the six category winners of our 2016 Engage Competition. Winners have been selected from over 180 entries demonstrating a broad range of high quality activities to inspire and involve public audiences. The NCCPE's expert judging panel have selected the six winners as exemplar public engagement with research projects.

Find out more about all our finalists

Category: Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

Winner: Around The Toilet

Sheffield Hallam University, Manchester Metropolitan University, University of Leeds, University of Sheffield, Action for Trans Health, Queer of the Unknown Arts Collective, Greater Manchester Coalition of Disabled People.

Around the Toilet is an arts-based research project exploring the toilet as a place of exclusion and belonging which draws on people’s experiences and expertise to imagine how toilets could be different.

Category: Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)

Winner: SMASHfestUK

Middlesex University, University of Greenwich

SMASHfestUK is an anarchic, interactive science festival which uses a narrative-driven and inquiry-led model of engagement to attract a young local audience, aiming to break down any barriers to inclusion.

Category: Health and Wellbeing

Winner: None in Three: Preventing Domestic Violence in the Caribbean

University of Huddersfield, Sweet Water Foundation, Florencena Consulting

None in Three is a domestic violence prevention project based in the Caribbean, collaborating on research with marginalised women and using computer games as an educational tool in schools.

Category: Engaging With Young People

Winner: COHESION Pilot

University of Leeds, Theatre of Debate, Batley Girls High School

The COHESION Pilot has brought together students from Performance Arts and Dentistry faculties with local school pupils to co-develop a play and debate about oral health, encouraging people to care for their teeth in a region where 12 year olds have the second worst dental health in the UK.

Category: Working In Partnership

Winner: Older People as Co-Researchers: Developing Age-Friendly Communities in Manchester

University of Manchester, Manchester Institute for Collaborative Research on Ageing (MICRA), Manchester City Council, Whalley Range Community Forum, Chorlton Good Neighbours Neighbourhood Care Group, Age Friendly Whalley Range/Chorlton and others

This project involved older people as co-investigators leading a study designed to improve the quality of life in low-income communities and to develop neighbourhoods responsive to the needs of people as they grow older.

Category: Individually Led Projects

Winner: Eating for Eye Health

University College London, Manor Gardens Community Centre, University of Porto, NIHR Moorfields Biomedical Research Centre, Macular Society

Rose Gilbert engaged patients suffering from dry age-related macular degeneration through a focus group and a community cookery day, with patients exchanging insights with clinicians on how diet and nutrition can impact their eye health.