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Competition finalists

The ivory tower is a myth. Far from being disengaged with society, researchers are engaging with the public in a host of innovative and effective ways. From inspiring young people with new advances in knowledge, to encouraging members of the public to contribute to research, university public engagement is thriving.

Out of over 230 entries showcasing a broad range of high quality activity inspiring and involving public audiences, and covering a diversity of subjects, the following finalists and winners have been selected. The winners were announced at the national Engage Competition 2014 awards ceremony on 11th June 2014, at the Natural History Museum (NHM). The competition formed part of Universities Week, a week-long celebration of public engagement with research.


Overall winner

CAER Heritage Project: Cardiff University

This film was was created by the AHRC

Established Projects

WINNER: danceroom Spectroscopy: UWE / University of Bristol 

Bright Club:  University College London      

Conker Tree Science: Centre for Ecology and Hydrology / University of Hull / Nature Locator      


Individually Led Projects

WINNER: Celestial Sirens: Laurie Stras, University of Southampton

EcoCentrix - Indigenous Arts, Sustainable Acts: Helen Gilbert, Royal Holloway, University of London    

Hospice Volunteers as facilitators of public engagement in palliative care priority setting research: Matthew Allsop, University of Leeds


Health and Wellbeing

WINNER:  Service User and Carer Group Advising on Research (SUGAR): City University, London

Dance for Parkinson’s: University of Roehampton

Educating Community Groups about Parasite Infection and its Impact: University of Manchester     


History and Heritage

WINNER: CAER Heritage Project: Cardiff University

The Everyday Heroes of Postman’s Park: University of Roehampton              

Know Your Bristol: University of Bristol


Art, Design and Culture

WINNER: Prison Reading Groups: University of Roehampton

Interactive Sensory Objects: University of Reading


Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths

WINNER: The Enlightenment Café: Deadinburgh: University of Edinburgh 

Objects of Invention: University of Oxford      

Marine Engineering Connections: University of Southampton


Engaging with Young People

WINNER: What if?: Durham University

Dreams of a Low Carbon Future: University of Leeds               

Erica the Rhino: University of Southampton



WINNER: Focus on the Positive: University College London

Creating Connections: University College London

Sustainable Management of Intestinal Parasites of Livestock in Botswana: University of Bristol