Better World Showcase 2019

Celebrating how our Faculty is Making a Difference

To recognise and help communicate the outstanding Social Responsibility activities across the Faculty of Science and Engineering, we are again launching the annual Better World Showcase. 

The aim of the Showcase is 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.

We welcome nominations for any person or team who has demonstrated that they have ‘made a difference’ to society or the environment this year.  

The full list of categories and their criteria can be found here: Better World Showcase 2019 - call for nominations, categories and criteria


All staff and students who currently work or study in the Faculty are eligible. Recent alumni (within the last 3 years) can be nominated if their work is related to a social enterprise.

To be eligible, the initiative must have delivered impact since 1 September 2017.


To nominate yourself or someone else in any of the categories listed, please complete this online form.  

Please read the information about the categories, criteria and nominations process before completing the online form by following the link above.

If you would also like your project to be put forward for the University's Making a Difference Awards, you can indicate this on the online form and you will need to provide an additional statement to meet the criteria for these awards.

Nominations for the Better World Showcase must be submitted via the online form by Monday 5th November 2018.

Once nominations have closed, a poster will be produced for each initiative. In January these posters will be displayed in buildings on campus to showcase the great work that goes on across the Faculty, and there will be a virtual showcase as well. 

A judging panel will decide on a winner in each category. The winners will be announced at this Better World Showcase celebration event which will take place on Wednesday 6th February in the Great Hall and will be hosted by the Vice-President and Dean of the Faculty Professor Martin Schröder.

If you have any questions about the Better World Showcase, please contact Daniele Atkinson, the Faculty’s Social Responsibility Manager.


Better World Showcase 2018

The winners in each category were:

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 were:

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.

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