Group photo of VC PER Award winners
VC PER Awards group shot

Flagship Activities

The second Oxford Public Engagement with Research Conference (a first for online) took place in July 2020 with four days of sessions featuring internal and external speakers and over 150 delegates.  

From virtual engagement to citizen science, inclusive events to telling stories, to evaluation and impact, every session covered a different aspect of Public Engagement with Research, we even managed an online quiz and mingle. 

Join us in 2021 for the next PER Conference and make sure you sign up to the PER Digest to get notified when registration opens. 

PER Digest - You can sign up the PER Digest, a monthly email newsletter with PER updates and opportunities. The PER digest is available to researchers, staff and students across the collegiate University - to start/stop receiving the PER digest: email with ‘start’ OR ‘stop’ PER digest in the subject area and please use your University of Oxford/ College email account. 

"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

Vice-Chancellor's Public Engagement with Research Awards

The winners received recognition for their achievements at the Awards Ceremony that took place on Wednesday 10 July 2019 at Keble college, University of Oxford. You can read more about the winning projects and people here: VC PER Awards 2019 Brochure

Professor Louise Richardson, Vice-Chancellor says: “It is inspiring to see the positive impact these activities have both on research and on the individuals and communities that have been involved, from Cambodian villages to 'Baby Higgs' hunters and the children of imprisoned mothers.”

You can view the films below on three of the winning and highly-commended projects and people from this year's Awards to give you a flavour of the Public Engagement with Research that takes place at Oxford.

How do badgers respond to scents from other species? (Early Career Researcher Category; Highly-Commended)

Engagement at the Pitt Rivers Museums (Building Capacity, Award Winner)

Victorian Light Night... Diseases of Modern Life: Nineteenth Century Perspectives (Projects Category, Award Winner)

Previous awards

Details of the previous VC PER Awards can be found here:

2017 -  Brochure, award ceremony film (2017)

2016 - Brochure, award ceremony film (2016)

For reference only - Entries for the 2019 Awards are now closed

PDF icon VC PER Guidelines FINAL.pdf

File Project Awards - Case for Support.docx

File Building Capacity - Case for Support.docx 

File Early Career Researcher - Case for Support.docx

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