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Policy Impact and Public Engagement Awards

We are delighted to announce our inaugural Policy Impact and Public Engagement Awards.

These awards aim to recognise the excellent work by researchers and academics on all campuses in achieving policy impact and engaging the public with current research. We invite both self-nominations and nominations made on behalf of peers and colleagues. 

The deadline for submitting nominations is 23 August 2019.

The categories for the awards are:

Rising star award – policy impact

This award will be presented to a member of staff in the early stages of an academic or research-only career who has worked with politicians, civil servants or any other type of policymakers or influencers with the aim of influencing public policy with their research findings.

Nominations are open to early career research and academic staff, who have completed a doctorate within the last eight years. This is an indicative guideline. If you have worked part-time, and would like to discuss your eligibility to apply, please contact us.

 

Rising star award – public engagement

This award will be presented to a member of staff in the early stages of an academic or research-only career who has engaged the public with their research to generate mutual benefit. Public engagement activity can range from outreach activities, to patient involvement, citizen science and collaborative research projects. 

Nominations are open to early career research and academic staff, who have completed a doctorate within the last eight years. This is an indicative guideline. If you have worked part-time, and would like to discuss your eligibility to apply, please contact us.

 

Best policy impact initiative

This award recognises an individual or team for a successful activity or initiative where research findings and communications have influenced the formation or implementation of public policy. This may be through working with politicians, civil servants or any other type of policymakers or influencers at any geographical location. 

Nominations are open to individual research or academic staff, or research groups.

 

Best public engagement initiative

This award recognises an individual or team for a successful public engagement activity or initiative where public groups have benefitted from engagement with University of Nottingham research. Public engagement activity can range from outreach activities, to patient involvement, citizen science and collaborative research projects. 

Nominations are open to individual research or academic staff, or research groups.

 

Keystone award

The keystone award recognises a non-academic member of staff who has been instrumental in supporting the delivery of successful policy impact or public engagement work.

Nominations are open to members of staff outside of the research and teaching job family.

 

Graduate School awards

In addition to our awards, the Graduate School will present the following awards to postgraduate research students:

Emerging star award – public engagement

This award will be presented to a doctoral researcher or a team of doctoral researchers who have engaged a public audience(s) with their research to generate mutual benefit. Public engagement activity can range from outreach activities, to patient involvement, citizen science and collaborative research projects. 

Emerging star award – policy engagement

This award will be presented to a doctoral researcher whose research has helped to shape the development of policy either within local or national government or within an organisation such as the NHS or the charitable sector.

To nominate somebody for the Graduate School awards, please visit their nomination froms for policy impact or public engagement

Read more about the judging criteria for each award

Policy impact - rising star and best initiative awards

These awards recognise outstanding early career research staff and academics based on all campuses whose research findings and communications have influenced the formation or implementation of public policy. This may be through working with politicians, civil servants or any other type of policymakers or influencers at any geographical location.

We invite both self-nominations and nominations made by a member of staff at faculty or school level or by a professional services staff member. 

Applications will be judged against the following criteria:

  • Evidence that the research findings have been taken up and used by policymakers.
  • Lasting/emerging relationships with policymakers who facilitated policy impact, or as a result of the policy impact achieved.
  • Benefit to the faculty/school/department/institute from a strategic, financial and/or reputational point of view.

For more information about these awards, please contact Chris Sims.

Public engagement with research - rising star and best initiative awards

These awards recognise outstanding Early Career Research staff and academics based on all campuses who are opening up research at UoN to the wider world through engagement with the public.

Public engagement is about sharing and involving others in our research to inspire people of all ages, gain insights and share tools to help make sense of a complex and changing world. Eligible activity can range from outreach activities, to patient involvement, citizen science and collaborative research projects.

We invite both self-nominations and nominations made by a member of staff at faculty or school level or by a professional services staff member. 

Widening participation work with schools, or work that is intended to recruit students to the University or higher education more generally, is not covered by these awards.

Applications will be judged against the following criteria:

  • Innovation in approaches to engage public groups with UoN research
  • Involvement of diverse public groups, particularly those whose voices are heard less often
  • Evidence that the activities provided benefits to the public, the researchers and the University of Nottingham
  • Has the work led to other positive changes? For instance, has it helped to create a culture among their colleagues at UoN of engaging with the public?

For more information about these awards, please contact Rachael Pearson.

Keystone award

This award recognises the indispensable work non-academic members of staff do to help our academics and researchers to engage the public with research and/or achieve policy impact.

We invite both self-nominations and nominations made by a member of staff at faculty or school level or by a professional services staff member. 

Applications will be judged against the following criteria:

  • Demonstrable ongoing commitment to support public engagement or policy impact activity
  • Development and implementation of new ideas and approaches to engagement
  • Establishing relationships with public or policy audiences
  •  Working outside of their normal work remit to support public engagement or policy impact

For more information about this award, please contact Irena Hulova.

 

 

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