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Sussex Impact and Research Awards 2015

Impact AwardsSussex Impact & Research Award winners (from left: Dr Rachael Durrant, Dr Rupert Young, Professor Chris Chatwin and Dr Balaji Ganeshan - TexRAD, Dr Louise Newham and Dr James Revill)

Sussex Impact Day, Tuesday 16th June 2015Guests at the Awards reception

The winners of the first Sussex Impact and Research Awards were announced at a celebratory reception in the Jubilee building on Tuesday 16th June, 2015. Sussex researchers across the University joined the Vice-Chancellor and external guests for the awards, which followed the first Sussex Impact Day.

The Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research), Professor Michael Davies, said: “This first ever set of University awards for outstanding impact not only recognise our researchers’ achievements but also include a modest financial investment in their work. This demonstrates our institutional commitment to the future of the University as a place of excellence and innovation.”

Each winning entry received a certificate and £1,000 paid into a research support account.

Click on the icon below to take a look at all of the 2015 entries:

Impact Awards Brochure

Here are the Sussex Impact and Research Award winners from the three categories of Enabling Impact, Achieving Impact and Emerging Researcher:

Enabling Impact

John Drury 2Catriona McLeishBen BurbridgeThis award celebrates outstanding engagement and activity that is likely to lead to research impact of reach and significance.

Nominations, based on established or ongoing research, demonstrated involvement with non-academic partners or the public, covering a wide breadth of research and impact activities, from improving the efficiencies of gasoline engines to uncovering Sussex’s rich modernist history. The winners were:

Dr John Drury (Social Psychology), with Dr Holly Carter and collaborators: ‘From Risk to Crowd Safety Through Psychology’ Click here to find out more about improving crowd management practices 

Dr Caitríona McLeish (SPRU), with Dr James Revill (SPRU): ‘Chemical and Biological Weapons: History, Use and Governance’

Dr Benedict Burbridge (Art History): ‘Revelations: Experiments in Photography'

Dr Rachael Durrant (SPRU): ‘Towards Sustainable Food’

A special commendation was also made to Professor Andrea Cornwall (Anthropology and International Development) for her work as Director of the Pathways of Women’s Empowerment consortium.

Achieving Impact

Roberto CameraniSPRU 2This award recognises reach and significance of impact that has been achieved. 

The diverse entries for this category ranged from the social cost of carbon to children’s reading comprehension and the conservation of wild bees. The winners were:

Dr Alison Phipps (Sociology): ‘Lad Cultures and Sexual Violence in Higher Education’ Click here to find out more about addressing the rise of 'lad culture' in higher education

Professor Richard Tol (Economics): ‘The Social Cost of Carbon’

Professor Chris Chatwin (Engineering) and Dr Rupert Young (Engineering), with Dr Balaji Ganeshan (BSMS) and TexRAD Ltd colleagues: ‘TexRAD – Feedback Cancer Management Imaging Software’

Dr Roberto Camerani (SPRU): ‘Brighton Fuse’

A special award for sustained impact was also made to the Science Policy Research Unit (SPRU), as a whole, recognising their long-standing commitment to research impact.

Emerging Researcher

Louise NewnhamAlfredo VargasThis award recognises the achievement of excellent research from individuals in the early stages of their research career. Nominations ranged from work on contemporary art photography to risk factors of female infertility.

Dr Louise Newnham (Genome Damage and Stability Centre): ‘Age as a Major Risk Factor for Female Infertility and Miscarriage’

Dr Alfredo Vargas (Physical Chemistry): ‘Applied Computational Chemistry and New Boron Compounds’

A special commendation was also made to Dr Mark Walters (Law) for his work on responses to hate crime.

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