Public Engagement

Engagement and Impact Awards

The Engagement and Impact Awards recognise and reward excellence in public engagement and impact activities happening at Queen Mary. The awards offer an opportunity to celebrate the successes of Queen Mary students, staff and their external partners, and highlight where their work has contributed to, and had an impact on, wider society.

The Engagement and Impact Awards are currently open for nominations until midday Wednesday 28 April 2021

Award Categories

The Engagement and Impact Awards are broken down into two main award categories: the Public Engagement Awards and the Impact Awards. Each category has six awards which are designed to celebrate the spectrum of activities happening at Queen Mary, and enable all staff and students at the University submit nominations regardless of their career stage. 

The Public Engagement Award categories recognise and reward excellence in public engagement activities. Run by the Centre for Public Engagement, we are looking to celebrate the individuals and teams who run high-quality public engagement activities that have provided mutual benefit: where not only has the engagement made a contribution to a societial change outside of the University, but there have also been changes to their own work, or the work of Queen Mary, as well. 

There are 6 awards in the 'Public Engagement' category. Four of these are open to nominations (both self-nomination and nominations on behalf of another), and two awards are selected by the members of the Public Engagement Leadership Forum. The awards are:

  • Inspire- The Garriott Award: Named for Richard Garriott, this award is for those who have inspired others by finding creative and engaging ways to communicate their research such as activities that reach and enthuse new and/or different audiences.
  • Involve: This award is for activities where the public can contribute their knowledge, expertise, or time to research and teaching such as citizen science projects, patient involvement activities, engaged teaching modules, 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 underpinning these projects
  • Influence: This award is for the activity where public engagement activities have been used to influence a shift in attitudes or the way things are done: whether this be how people think about a topic and their actions, bringing about an organisational change, or influencing policy.
  • The Hawking Award for Developed Understanding of Public Engagement: Named for Lucy Hawking, this award reflects Lucy's qualities of reflexive, cooperative working and her understanding of how to bring together research and engagement. This award is given to an individual to acknowledge their critical thinking in the field of public engagement.
  • The McOwan Award for Leadership in Public Engagement: Named for Peter McOwan, this award reflects Peter's qualities of inspirational and transformational leadership and his passion for engagement. This award is given to a project to reflect the extensive work they have done in pushing forward the public engagement agenda, and developing those around them.

To see previous winners of the awards, you can visit our pages for the 'Public Engagement' category in the Engagement and Enterprise Awards.

 

The Impact Award categories recognise and reward excellence in impact activities. Run by the Impact Team, we are looking to celebrate the individuals and teams who have the very best impact that Queen Mary has to offer.

There are 6 awards in the 'Impact' category, all of which are open to nominations (both self-nomination and nominations on behalf of another). The awards are:

  • Pathfinder: This award is for the best interdisciplinary route to generating impact. This award celebrates the strength of the collaboration and the unique qualities different academic groups bring to generate impactful research.
  • Alliance: This award is for the best co-production of impact with stakeholders outside of academia, be that with individuals, communities or institutes.
  • Trailblazer: This award recognises the exceptional work in impact generated by Early Career Researchers and PhD students. It can never be too early to get involved with, and even generate, impact.
  • Voyager: This award celebrates the impact with the best scope and geographical reach. How far does your impact travel, does it have international reach and significance?
  • Local Impact: This award celebrates the best local impact generated at Queen Mary. Not all impact is far-reaching and grand. Impact on a small scale can be just as important, and sometimes even more so.
  • The Dickinson Award: Named for Bruce Dickinson, this award reflects Bruce's entrepeneurial spirit. Entrepreneurial innovation and impact can sometimes be one and the same. This award celebrates the best impact-generating spinouts at Queen Mary.

 

Eligibility

The Awards are open for nominations for projects led or co-led by students and staff across all Queen Mary and must have work happening at the University at the heart of it (such as research, teaching, or other core business activities).

Applications are sought from all Queen Mary departments and from individuals at any career stage. There is one award in the 'Impact' category in which career stage is considered a judging criteria (Trailblazer); otherwise this will not be taken in to consideration. 

We welcome self-nominations and nominations from others: including nominations from those outside of Queen Mary, and the route of nomination will not be used as a judging criteria. We do request that you notify anyone that you nominate so they are aware that their application is being considered.

For the Public Engagement Awards: You must be applying regarding a project in which significant public engagement activity has been conducted after 1 August 2018* Previously shortlisted applicants to the 'Public Engagement' categories of the Engagement and Enterprise Awards may only reapply with substantially different projects. Those who were not shortlisted in this category previously may reapply.

For the Impact Awards: You must be applying regarding a project in which significant impact activity has been conducted after 1 August 2014**

*This date has been set in-line with dates covered by the previous E&E Awards
**This date has been set in-line with the dates covered by the current REF submission

Nomination Form

To nominate yourself or a colleague for an award, please submit the application form below. If you would like to work on the proposal offline, please download a draft version of the relevant application:

E&I Awards 2021- Engagement Award Draft Application [DOC 26KB]

E&I Awards 2021- Impact Award Draft Application [DOC 29KB]

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