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Vice-Chancellor's Public Engagement with Research Awards

Entries for the 2019 Awards are now open

The Vice-Chancellor's Public Engagement with Research (PER) Awards recognise those who undertake high-quality engagement activities or have contributed to building capacity in this area.

Entrants can be at any level in their career and activities of any scale are welcome.

There are three categories of Award:

Project Awards for individual researchers or teams who have developed and delivered high-quality PER projects. Up to six winners will be selected for this category.

Building Capacity Awards recognises divisions, departments, research groups, museums, colleges or platforms and programmes that have encouraged, facilitated and supported high-quality PER to take place. Up to three winners will be selected for this category.

Early Career Researcher Awards recognises those at the early stages of their career, including DPhil students, who are active in engaging the public with their research. Up to three winners will be selected for this category.

Winning entries receive recognition for their achievements at the Awards Ceremony that will take place on Wednesday 10 July 2019. The winner of the VC’s Choice Award will also be announced at the ceremony and receive a prize of £1,500.

Further details on the Entry process are provided below.

Closing Date for Entries: 5pm, Tuesday 02 April 2019

If you need any advice or support please contact us at publicengagement@admin.ox.ac.uk

Entry Process

1. Please refer to the VC PER Awards Guidelines before completing your Entry:

2. Entries are submitted via the University’s Internal Research Award Management System (IRAMS).

3. This is a two-part process:

i) Complete the online entry form on IRAMS.

ii) Download the relevant Case for Support template [Word.doc] below and once complete, save as a PDF and upload the document as your ‘Case for Support’ to IRAMS:

Public Engagement with Research Award – Projects

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Public Engagement with Research Award – Building Capacity

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Public Engagement with Research Award – Early Career Researcher

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Previous awards

Details of the previous winning entries can be found here:

VC PER Awards 2017

VC PER Awards 2016

You can also view the short films of the Awards ceremonies:

Public Engagement with Research Conference

This inaugural one day event, which took place in July 2018, was an opportunity to be inspired, to learn, to be challenged and keep up to date with the cutting-edge of PER Practice and policy.

Selected sessions were filmed and are available on our youtube playlist.

You can review the sessions that took place by downloading a copy of the PER Conference 2018 online brochure.pdf

"One thing I have come to appreciate is that public engagement is a life-long learning endeavour – there are always opportunities to learn and improve one’s practice; to innovate and to try something different. 

- Professor Alison Woollard, Academic Champion for Public Engagement with Research, University of Oxford

The next Public Engagement with Research Conference will take place in 2020.