The Better World Showcase, the Faculty’s social responsibility awards, took place on Monday 12 February in the Great Hall. The event celebrated the important contribution our Faculty makes to social and environmental impact, highlighting the efforts of staff and students who are ‘making a difference’, and hopefully inspiring others to do the same.
The event was hosted by Professor Martin Schröder, Dean of the Faculty, 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 20 outstanding projects were recognised.
The winners in each category are:
|Outstanding benefit to society through research||Grant Allen, Peter Hollingsworth, Joseph Pitt, Khristopher Kabbabe, Adil Shah, Hugo Ricketts and Paul Williams|
|Outstanding teaching and learning innovation in social responsibility||Aerospace Group Design Team|
|Inspiring Communities||Jonah Ogbuneke
|Outstanding contribution to environmental sustainability||Tyndall Manchester|
|Outstanding public engagement initiative||Ben Parslew
|Outstanding contribution to equality and diversity||Andrew Markwick|
|Outstanding professional support services, library and cultural institutions support for social responsibility||Mark White and Colette Quinn|
|Outstanding contribution to widening participation (student)||Emily Cooksey|
|Outstanding contribution to widening participation (staff)||Anne Knott|
|Outstanding student volunteer||Aiswarya Kishor|
Nominees who were highly commended are:
|Outstanding benefit to society through research||Effluents Centre of Expertise|
|Outstanding benefit to society through research||Members of Jodrell Bank Centre for Astrophysics involved in overseas development programmes|
|Outstanding public engagement initiative||Aerospace Group Design Team|
|Outstanding public engagement initiative||The Project Malawi Team
|Outstanding public engagement initiative||Liam Marsh and Michael O'Toole|
|Outstanding public engagement initiative||The Robot Orchestra Collective
|Outstanding contribution to equality and diversity||Rob Appleby and Tactile Collider team|
|Outstanding contribution to equality and diversity||Sinisa Durovic, Alex Casson, Paul Jordan and Colin Baines|
|Outstanding contribution to widening participation (student)||Rhys Archer|
|Outstanding student volunteer||Iffah Ab Latib and Edoardo De Caro|
|Outstanding student volunteer||Janhvi Agarwal, Molly Ward, Astrid Weston and Laurence Skidmore|
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. Rob Appleby and the Tactile Collider team were recognised for the second time for their fantastic work making some of the most exciting and high-profile physics research of recent times accessible to the visually impaired.
At the event, posters of all of the excellent nominations were on display for guests to see. Along with the awards ceremony, guests enjoyed afternoon tea as well as performances from the School of Chemical Engineering and Analytical Science’s staff choir and Yusuf Tarajia, a chemical engineering students and award-winning spoken word poet.
Congratulations to all of our winners and nominees and thank you for ‘making a difference’. Many of the nominees in the Better World Showcase have been put forward for the University’s Making a Difference Awards and we wish them lots of luck in this process!
Photos from the event are available on the Faculty’s Facebook page.
You can view all of the projects nominated in the Better World Showcase below.