Better World Showcase 2019

Celebrating how our Faculty is Making a Difference

The Better World Showcase aims to raise awareness of the inspirational activity that goes on in our Faculty relating to Social Responsibility and to demonstrate the important contribution our staff and students make to social and environmental impact, ‘making a difference’, and to hopefully inspire others to do the same.

The Better World Showcase, the Faculty of Science and Engineering’s social responsibility awards, took place on Wednesday 6 February in the Great Hall. The event celebrated staff and students who are ‘making a difference’ through projects which benefit society or the environment.

The event was hosted by Professor Martin Schröder, Dean of the Faculty, and Rachel Brealey, Director of Faculty Operations, who praised the number and variety of projects and the commitment of those involved to social responsibility. Many of the judges who presented the awards commented on the high quality of the 45 nominations and how difficult this made the judging process. As a result a number of projects were highly commended in addition to those who won the award in each of the nine categories. In total 21 outstanding projects were recognised.

Better World Showcase 2019

The winners in each category were:

Outstanding benefit to society through research Carly McLachlan, Jaise Kuriakose, Kevin Anderson and John Broderic 
Outstanding benefit to society through research Gianfranco Pincetti Zuniga, Laura Richards and David Polya
Outstanding teaching and learning innovation in social responsibility Catherine Walton, Laura Richards, David Polya and Yin Tun
Outstanding contribution to social enterprise Love For The Streets Team
Outstanding public engagement initiative The Team of Project Malawi 2018
Outstanding public engagement initiative Adrian Harwood and Alistair Revell
Outstanding professional support services for social responsibility Great Science Share for Schools Team
Outstanding contribution to environmental sustainability Rebecca Taylor
Outstanding contribution to equality, diversity and inclusion Daniel Dresner
Outstanding contribution to equality, diversity and inclusion Saralees Nadarajah and Martin Wiegand
Outstanding staff volunteer Anthony Williams 
Outstanding student volunteer Aleksandra Besevic

Nominees who were highly commended were:

Outstanding benefit to society through research Lynn Foster and Thomas Neill
Outstanding teaching and learning innovation in social responsibility Virginia Harvey
Outstanding public engagement initiative Helena Herrmann
Outstanding public engagement initiative Demi Allen, Charles Eaton, Helena Stage and Alex Watson
Outstanding contribution to environmental sustainability Paul Williams
Outstanding contribution to equality, diversity and inclusion Kimberly Hanson
Outstanding staff volunteer Lucy Adams and Chris Hardacre
Outstanding student volunteer Aiswarya Kishor
Outstanding student volunteer Alessia Xu

Staff and students from across the University also had their say on their favourite nomination in the People’s Vote, and an additional award was given to the winner of the vote at the celebration event. Saralees Nadarajah and Martin Wiegand were recognised for the second time for Educate Africa, a fantastic initiative which provides free lectures on statistics to students in 18 African countries. 

You can see all of the nominations for the Better World Showcase 2019 below.

  • Outstanding benefit to society through research

  • Outstanding teaching and learning innovation in social responsibility

  • Outstanding contribution to social enterprise

  • Outstanding contribution to equality, diversity and inclusion

  • Outstanding professional services support for social responsibility

  • Outstanding contribution to environmental sustainability

  • Outstanding public engagement initiative

  • Outstanding volunteer

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