The Principal's Public Engagement Prize, now in its 7th year, is awarded annually to members of the University.

The prize scheme rewards those who go above and beyond to engage the public in their research and teaching– sharing their passion for what they do with others outside the University.

Excellent and impactful public engagement takes many forms – perhaps your research group regularly contributes to science festivals or outreach in schools? Maybe your teaching facilitates active engagement with community groups or policy makers? Or perhaps you help interpret Heriot-Watt’s academic work for a wider audience via public talks, broadcasting or social media?

Each year, we invite members of the academic community who engage the public with their research and teaching to apply for this prize!

Applications can be made for three different categories:

  1. Early Career (Grade 6/7, Postgraduate Research Students)
  2. Senior Researcher (Grade 8+)
  3. Team

The winners are chosen by a panel of judges, combined with the results of an online vote.

Each category winner will receive £1000 for future public engagement activities. See details of previous winners below, and see prizewinners videos on our Youtube channel.

The 2017 Public Engagement Prizes were awarded in the summer. Check back for details of the 2018 prizes next year.