Winner: Andrew Hazel, Kees van Schaik, Charles Walkden, Helen Harper, Sebastian Rees, Alan Turing Cryptography Competition Team, School of Mathematics.
The Alan Turing Cryptography Competition is a national web-based competition for schoolchildren, suing stories and cryptography to interest them in mathematical ideas.
Highly Commended: School of Materials Outreach Group, Sonja Andrew, Tracy Bate, Christopher Blanford, Sarah Haigh, Laura Winters, Senior lecturers (SA, CB), Reader (SH), PSS (TB), former PSS now RAEng(LW), School of Materials
Creation of structures for sustained, coordinated public engagement to promote materials science in all its diversity.
Highly Commended: Teresa Chilton and ‘Potentia North’ student think-tank, Project Manager, FSE Office
Government wants to create a Northern Powerhouse to better balance the UK economy. Our activity posed the question: ‘What if energy policy was also devolved – how would we develop a strategy that could power the Northern Powerhouse?’ In answer we set up our own think-tank made up of Manchester PhD students and named Potentia North. This group drew on a range of expertise with national and regional policy-makers and advisors to help showcase Manchester expertise in a Beacon area of research.
Highly Commended: Earth and Solar system Team, Isotope Group Members, School of Earth and Environmental Sciences
Public engagement activities undertaken by the ‘Earth and Solar System’ group, promoting planetary and terrestrial science research activities, laboratory techniques and space exploration involvement to a wide audience using a range of approaches including in person talks, show and tell events, media appearances and social media platforms.