Do you dedicate your time and expertise to public engagement with research here at Heriot-Watt University? Have you recently created impact through your engagement, undertaken your first activity or worked creatively or collaboratively to raise the profile or impact of research? Then get your contributions recognised and receive a £1000 prize!

To recognise the evolution of Public Engagement with Research both across the sector, and at Heriot-Watt University, the prizes have been revamped! The Awards recognise the important role played by those who undertake excellent public engagement with their research, increasing the non-academic impact of their research, improving their own skills and leading by example.

Researchers and staff across all five academic Schools at the University, from every career stage, are eligible to submit an application. Previous applicants are encouraged to reapply with revised applications.

This year, awards will be made in the following categories:

Public Engagement Impact Award

The Impact award will be awarded to a project or researcher who has demonstrated the impact of their public engagement with research on wider society or a specific group of the public.

Public Engagement Partnership Award

The Partnership Prize recognises the importance of collaboration in excellent public engagement with research, and is awarded for engagement based on an active collaboration and a two-way relationship with an external partner(s).

Public Engagement Pioneer Award

The Pioneer Prize recognises staff who have just taken the first steps in public engagement, whether they are at earlier stages of their careers or more established, and who have demonstrated outstanding achievement in engaging with schools or public audiences.

There will also be a special award for the Year of the Sea, selected by the panel based on activities and events throughout our themed year. 

All shortlisted applications will be featured on the Heriot-Watt website.

Applications must be submitted to HW Engage ( by the 15 November. Prizes will be awarded at the Public Engagement Showcase on the 11 December at the Riccarton Campus, Heriot-Watt University.