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Engagement and Enterprise Awards

The Engagement and Enterprise Awards 2016 serve to recognise the outstanding efforts that take place to share, apply and enhance research and learning at Queen Mary University of London outside of higher education though public engagement, academic innovation, student enterprise and public relations.

Hawking Award

On Tuesday 7 February 2017 highly commended and winning applications will be showcased to internal and external guests, including local community partners, senior university management and higher education funding body representatives. 

The event will feature Matt Parker, Maths Comedian and Public Engagement in Maths Fellow at QMUL comparing proceedings and guests will hear from members of the Queen Mary Senior Executive, including Professor Peter McOwan, Vice Principal for Public Engagement and Student Enterprise.  

The second Engagement and Enterprise Awards follow a successful inaugural event in November 2015, which showcased 30 projects and individuals over 13 award categories, presented by Professor Simon Gaskell and Professor Bill Spence. You can view a full description of all the winning and highly commended applications from 2015 here.

Further updates for this year's awards will feature on this page, however if you have any questions about the awards, or as an applicant you can contact us here.

Engagement and Enterprise 2017 Award Categories

Public Engagement - Recognising projects that involve the public with Queen Mary and our research and teaching:

  • Inspire - This award is for those who have inspired others by finding creative and engaging ways to communicate their research; such as to raise young people’s aspirations or enthuse new and different audiences.
  • Involve - This award is for activity where the public can contribute their knowledge, expertise or time to research, such as citizen science, patient involvement and collaborative research projects.
  • Interact - This award recognises the partnerships, collaborations and community connections that are essential to public engagement, so seeks to celebrate excellent engagement and the partnerships which underpin these projects.
  • Influence - This award is for activity where research has been used to influence a shift in attitudes or the way that things are done, whether this be organisational change, influencing policy or how people think about a topic and their actions.

Academic Innovation - Recognising the development of research-derived innovation and application:

  • Academic Commercial Enterprise - For best spin-out company or commercial agreement.
  • Academic Non-Commercial Enterprise - For best non-commercial Impact project.
  • Proof of Concept Project - For the best commercially focused research and development project.
  • Academic Entrepreneur of the Year - For an individual that has demonstrated significant in-year entrepreneurial activity.

Student Enterprise – Recognising entrepreneurial achievements of students and recent graduates:

  • Entrepreneurial Student of the Year - The winner of this award will be an innovative self-starter who can evidence that they’ve used their creativity and leadership skills to make a significant contribution to an entrepreneurial project (or multiple projects) over the past 12 months.
  • Most Promising Student Business of the Year - The winner of this award will be the business that can demonstrate they’ve achieved the most over the past year and has the best foundations for future success.

Media Relations - Recognising efforts to share research through media and press work:

  • Best Opinion/Comment Piece
  • Best Published Research Campaign
  • QMUL Media Star
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