Principal's Public Engagement Prize winners 2013 announced

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Principal's Public Engagement Prize winners (left to right): Dr Kirsten Besemer, Professor Hamish Mair, Dr Grant Wright, Ms Dorothy Hardy

The Principal's Public Engagement Prizes have this year been awarded to academic staff and PhD students from the Schools of the Built Environment, Life Sciences and Engineering and Physical Sciences at a summer reception organised by the Centre for Academic Leadership and Development called 'Celebrating Success in Engagement'.

The winners

At the annual awards' ceremony, Heriot-Watt University Principal, Professor Steve Chapman, announced winners in the four award categories as:

  • Winner of the Team Award - The Scientific Dive Team, School of Life Sciences
  • Winner of the Early Career Researcher Award - Dr Kirsten Besemer, School of the Built Environment
  • Winner of the PhD Student award - Ms Dorothy Hardy, Engineering and Physical Sciences
  • Winner of the Individual Award - Dr Grant Wright, School of the Built Environment

The overall winner

Dr Wright was also named as the Overall Winner of this year's competition.

The award winners each received a Principal's Public Engagement trophy and a grant towards future public engagement activities (£500 for the first three prizes; £1500 for the overall winner). Short videos highlighting their public engagement activities have also been recorded and will shortly go live on the Centre for Academic Leadership and Development website.

It showed how to successfully employ social media to engage with the world beyond academia.

Katarzyna Przbycien, Heriot-Watt Engage Coordinator

Heriot-Watt Engage Coordinator, Mrs Katarzyna Przybycien who had co-organised this year's competition with HW Engage colleague, Dr Laura Wicks, said, "The winning projects showcased a great variety of public engagement activities and yet again proved how Heriot-Watt research is shaped by and impacts on the public through work with schools, public institutions, professionals, or press. It also showed how to successfully employ social media to engage with the world beyond academia".

The Principal's Public Engagement award is now in its third year and was set up by Professor Steve Chapman to recognise an individual or team’s ability to reach new public audiences not already engaged with research.

Principal's Public Engagement Prize 2014

The call for nominations for next year's Principal's Public Engagement Prize awards will be made in Spring 2014. Other opportunities to collaborate on Heriot-Watt's public engagement activities will continue to be facilitated through HW Engage and Beltane.