Award winners and highly commended 2019

Award winners and highly commended 2019

Outstanding benefit to society through research

Joint winner

SCATTER: Carly McLachlan, Jaise Kuriakose, Alice Larkin, Kevin Anderson & John Broderick

“Winning the award was a brilliant vote of confidence from the University in the work that many of our team in the Tyndall Centre are doing to support action on climate change. By celebrating together across the incredible range of activities you feel like you are part of something bigger - something pretty awesome to be honest – and that is really empowering as we drive our work and collaborations forward.” Carly McLachlan, Award winner.

SCATTER is a successful exchange of academic knowledge into the local city region strategy through collaboration with Greater Manchester and Anthesis Consulting and funded by the UK government. It provides a methodology and guidance for UK city regions to develop local climate change action plans consistent with the Paris Climate Agreement.

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Joint winner

Research that saves lives:in action: Pauline Turnbull, Louis Appleby, Nav Kapur & Cathryn Rodway

“I was absolutely delighted that I, and the team at NCISH, won a Making a Difference award for outstanding benefit to society through research. This award reflects the main aim of what we strive to do – using research to reduce suicide and improve safety for the benefit of patients and the public.” Cathryn Rodway, Award winner.

“For us this was a wonderful award to win - it was a recognition of all the hard work our many staff members put in every day. It also helped spotlight our impact externally to our funders, and colleagues working in research, policy and on the clinical frontline”. Nav Kapur, Award winner.

This project demonstrates that implementing research recommendations can improve safety in mental health and self-harm services. The team are working to embed this evidence in quality improvement suicide prevention plans, with the aim of reducing suicide rates country-wide by 10% by 2021.

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Highly Commended

Multilingual Manchester: Yaron Matras

Multilingual Manchester is a unique model that brings together research, undergraduate and postgraduate teaching, and outreach and public engagement, focused around the theme of language diversity in the city. It runs a cross-faculty student volunteer scheme, a faculty based PhD student placement scheme, and has a strong public engagement portfolio.

Highly Commended

Change Points for the Nexus at Home: Alison Browne & Claire Hoolohan

The ‘Change Points for the Nexus at Home’ project team work with a range of government, business and third sector partners to develop new ways of thinking about interventions which help to unlock everyday practices to tackle unsustainable patterns of consumption.

Emerging Impact

Smart Street: Eduardo Martinez-Cesena, Luis Daniel Gutierrez Lagos & Christopher Jones

Smart Street proposed and tested new solutions for integrating large amounts of clean energy technologies into electricity distribution networks and improve network efficiency. The techniques improved hosting capacity, reduced energy losses as well as customer bills and carbon emissions.

Outstanding teaching innovation in social responsibility

Winner

Learning criminology inside: Emily Turner, Rose Broad & Caroline Miles

Learning Criminology Inside is a prison-based module for students studying Criminology in which ten third year undergraduates and ten inmates from HMP Risley learn together inside the Prison’s education setting.


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Highly Commended

Not for profit project: Frances Johnson, Xavier Duran, Phil Galvin, Mike Arundale & Supervisory Staff

The ‘not for profit’ project sees students on the Masters of Business Administration work with over 20 UK-based charities annually, to help tackle key business issues from organisational design to strategic marketing. They deliver 2,400 hours of consultancy plus extensive additional group research over a three month period.

Highly Commended

Inclusive healthcare education for non-native English speakers: Sheena Cruickshank, Ian Miller, Tahiya Alam, Ewan Chammings, Indira Mclean & Ian Nield

Health matters to us all but accessing reliable, accessible information about health is challenging especially if there are language barriers. These co-developed English/health lessons for students learning English have a wide uptake and are reached via online learning.

Outstanding contribution to social innovation

Winner

Keep on Keep up: Emma Stanmore & Paul Dewick

‘’We were surprised and delighted to receive the Making a Difference award for Social Innovation. It gave such a boost to the team and encouraged us to apply for further funding and an accelerator programme to scale up the Keep On Keep Up (KOKU) technology for falls prevention and healthy ageing." Emma Stanmore, Award winner.

Keep on Keep up is a gamified exercise and falls prevention digital platform that has been created with and for older people using tablet-technology. It promotes access and engagement to exercise based on clinically proven routines, and improves awareness of nutrition, safety at home and health literacy.

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Highly Commended

Energy Market Innovation with UrbanChain: Richard Banach & Somayeh Taheri

This project is a partnership with UrbanChain to develop an energy trading platform using blockchain and artifical intelligencetechnologies that can reduce energy bills for households by up to 50% and for SMEs by up to 40%.

Highly Commended

ESOL Stepping Stones: Sharon Freeman, Ludovica Serretrice, Elena Lieven, Katy Finch, Helen Allwood & Thea Cameron-Faulkner

ESOL Stepping Stones provides a high quality, low cost, innovative English Language teaching programme for non-English speaking mothers. The programme combines language content and parenting information.

Outstanding public and community engagement initiative

Outstanding local engagement

Student winner

Have you heard?: Jason Chu, Donna Littlewood, Jack Barton, Katie Downes, Luke Chaplin, Maddy Hurry, Julieta O'Flaherty, Marina Rosca, Katie Walwyn-Brown, Mike Daniels, Kirsty McIntyre & Aidan Rooney

“The group were buzzing to have been nominated, let alone actually win a MAD Award. This was a wonderful achievement for the team. We’re all reinvigorated to progress our mission of connecting adults with science in a community setting and clearing the haze that often surrounds scientific news.” Jason Chu, Award winner

Have You Heard? is a project set up by a small group of scientists and students at the University of Manchester with theaim of providing the public with the tools to clear the haze that often surrounds scientific news stories in the news in this troubling era of ‘fake news’.

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Staff winner

Knead for speed: Adrian Harwood & Alistair Revell

“It was great that our work was recognised with a MAD award, and a privilege to be picked out from the range of fantastic things going on here. We originally trialled it at my daughters’ school and her friends keep asking me to bring it back! The project was particularly enjoyable as it was closely linked to our research and involved almost all of our group. I think this was important as it demonstrates that quite complex industrial research can, with a bit of imagination, be tweaked to be relevant for an audience of any age.” Adrian Harwood and Alistair Revell, Award winners.

This project introduces 250 school children from across Greater Manchester to computer modelling of air flow together with virtual reality. It is based on technology developed as part of a research programme funded by Jaguar Land-Rover.

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Staff Highly Commended

Humanising the Sciences: Nick Weise

Through interdisciplinary collaboration with colleagues from Arts and Humanities, Nick has acted to broaden the reach of the Manchester Institute of Biotechnology’s public programme with research to audiences not traditionally served by science outreach initiatives.

Staff Highly Commended

Dental care for refugees, asylum seekers and vulnerable migrants

Joanne Cunliffe

Through this unique initiative, Dentistry students are providing free dental care to refugees, asylum seekers and vulnerable migrants in Greater Manchester. The project is both expanding the clinical experience of our students, as well as providing valuable services to displaced individuals who lack access to dental care.

Staff Highly Commended

Still life pilot: Still Life Pilot Team

Still Life brings together women who have experienced stillbirth, researchers, midwives and creative practitioners to raise awareness of stillbirth, and engage the public with the Maternal and Fetal Health Research Centre’s research on the placenta and stillbirth.

Outstanding national engagement

Winner

Miscarriages of Justice Review Centre: Claire McGourlay & Fintan Walker

“It was an honour to receive the award. Winning the award made me feel like our work had not gone unnoticed and that it was appreciated. It has meant that the Miscarriages of Justice Review Centre has been promoted internally and externally”. Claire McGourlay, Award winner

The Miscarriages of Justice Review Centre, one of four across the country, provides law students with a unique opportunity to investigate cases of people convicted of serious crimes who are maintaining their innocence. They are part of a national network raising awareness and sharing skills.

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Highly Commended

Orchid Pollinator Experience: Rachel Webster, Minsung Kim & Noah Mabey

The Orchid Pollinator Experience was created as an engaging virtual reality world giving people an insect-eye view of orchid pollination. Aiming to highlight the importance of pollinators in the environment and prompt discussions about threats to orchid species, the experience toured 5 shows in 2018 reaching about 12,000 people.

Outstanding international engagement

Staff Highly Commended

Project Malawi 2018: Team of Project Malawi 2018

A team from the Computing at Schools Regional Centre and the School of Computer Science ran a pilot project to bring computing to pupils and teachers in schools in Malawi. In 2018, a new team visited the same area and implemented a number of lessons learnt from the pilot, including a more gender-balanced team and improved training and support for teachers to make the impact more sustainable.

Staff Highly Commended

Changing perceptions of disability with conflict survivors: Ruth Daniel & In Place of War Team

In Place of War has delivered a programme using forum theatre to help change perceptions of those with disabilities facing stigmatisation in Northern Uganda that have been affected by the war. Forming a theatre company, with trainers from National Theatre UK, the group has delivered outreaches to over 1,000 people and started a process of changing attitudes towards disabled people.

Staff Highly Commended

The BBC Loneliness Experiment: Pamela Qualter, Christina Victor, Manuela Barreta, Claudia Hammond & Geraldine Fitzgerald

Loneliness affects most of us at some point in our lives. The BBC Loneliness Experiment aimed to collect new data on loneliness and discuss the findings via a radio series on BBC Radio 4 and The World Service.

Student Highly Commended

The Health Equity Voice: Rose Mary Nakame, Winfred Nakaweesi & Steven Twinomugisha

The Health Equity Voice project empowers health workers in Uganda to tell their stories of serving in rural public hospitals. These stories, together with those from young African leaders bridging the health inequality gaps, were profiled on a platform, curated to relevant stakeholders to inform budgeting, programming, policy, public opinion, and academia.

Outstanding public contribution

Winner

‘YARAN’

Amir Keshmiri & Melina Safari

The 'Yaran' project is a successful initiative aimed at tackling mental health problems amongst Persian-speaking communities in Greater Manchester.

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Highly Commended

The CARMers group: Yvonne Awenat, Patricia Gooding, Gillian Haddock, Dan Pratt & Charlotte Huggett

The CARMers group comprises eight individuals with lived-experience of mental health problems who generously contribute their highly personal lived-experience perspectives enabling researchers to produce research that is grounded in real life needs.

Highly Commended

The AudioLab & The MixLab: Jemma Tanswell

Jemma has co-led The AudioLab and MixLab projects which have engaged young people seeking employment with science. As well as fostering creative partnerships between talented young creatives and researchers from multiple disciplines across the University.

Highly Commended

A Rubbish Night at the Museum: Sherilyn MacGregor, Simon Pardoe , Anna Bunney & Claudia Alonso

This community-led event gave voice to a common concern about rubbish in neighbourhoods across the city. It translated results of a research project and drew on contributions from a wide range of people to produce an interactive and well-attended event.

Outstanding contribution by our Cultural Institutions

Winner

Shabtis in schools: Amy McDowall, Cat Lumb & Campbell Price

“We were incredibly proud to win the award and it was wonderful to be able to invite our hard-working partners to the celebration event. Being able to say “award-wining project” certainly helped the publicity of the next phase of the work, which helps ensure quality partnerships for years to come.” Amy McDowall, Award winner

This is a ground-breaking engagement project between museum curators, learning experts, and Manchester educators to develope a whole-school activity around an ancient Egyptian shabtis displayed in schools.

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Highly Commended

Race Relations road show: Catherine Millan

This project has been designed to help schools diversify the curriculum through literature by creating and giving free books and workshops to children and young people in schools across Manchester.

Outstanding contribution to equality, diversity and inclusion

Winner

Diversity Champions: Catherine Millan

The Diversity Champions project is a hate crime prevention project that uses Holocaust education as a foundation to teach young people about equality and human rights to reduce hate crime across schools and communities in Manchester.

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Highly Commended

An Afternoon with The Family Gorgeous: Peter Fallon, Michelle Scott & Deborah Ward

This collaboration between Manchester Museum and Manchester drag collective Family Gorgeous, brings queer storytelling to museum objects in an afternoon of tours and cabaret.

Highly Commended

Diverse Voices: Angelia Wilson

Angelia has established the Diverse Voices Chair’s Commission and Doctoral Scholarship Fund alongside a broad range of programmes that engender equality and widen participation of a diversity of students in politics and in the political science profession.

Highly Commended

Educate Africa: Saralees Nadarjah & Martin Wiegand

The Educate Africa initiative has been created to provide higher education to African students that are most in need. It provides free year round weekend lectures and weekly email support to students in 18 African countries, boosting student career prospects.

Outstanding professional services and library support for social responsibility

Winner

#Let’sTalk Lynch: Craig Whittall

“The Making A Difference Award gave the entire team a feeling of recognition for the work that had gone into the #LetsTalkLynch campaign. The award also demonstrated the University’s confidence in the project, which was useful when approaching new individuals and organisations to get them involved. The national policy change which the campaign was designed to call for is now well underway, and will soon be saving lives that could otherwise have been lost to bowel cancer. Our Making A Difference Award has been instrumental in getting the word out there that research here at The University of Manchester is capable of changing lives for the better.” Craig Whittall, Award winner.

Craig of Policy@Manchester ran a highly successful #LetsTalkLynch national media campaign on the genetic condition Lynch Syndrome, highlighting the need for women diagnosed with womb cancer to be systematically screened for this disorder, in order to inform their treatment and improve outcomes.

Highly Commended

Levelling the Playing Field: Andrew Whitmore, Caroline Everson, Janet Willis, Alex Jones, Meghan Yang and Marilyn King

Levelling the Playing Filedsets out to improve the employability outcomes of students from widening participation backgrounds through the provision of bespoke services and activities, such as work experience bursaries and internships.

Outstanding contribution to environmental sustainability

Winner

SmartWorks: Holly Seager, Mariana Pinheiro, Alice Hope, Amy Rose & Ella Jo Moncrieffe

"It was wonderful to be recognised for our work. The recognition spurred me on to make this year’s efforts event bigger than last year’s." Holly Seager, Award winner.

The Atrium Green Impact ran a campaign to collect clothes from staff to provide smart clothing for local women attending job interviews.

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Highly Commended

The Legal Advice Centre paperless initiative: Chloe McEvoy & Fintan Walker

The School of Law’s Legal Advice Centre has been providing free legal advice to the local community for ten years. In a bid to reduce their impact on the environment, in 2018 they went completely paperless.

Highly Commended

International standard to reduce aircraft emissions: Paul Williams

Paul has been involved in an international collaboration to develop a measurement standard, which will reduce the emissions of soot from large aircraft engines.

Outstanding contribution to widening participation

Staff Winner

Pathways to Law: Saba Mirshafiei, Ruth Lamont, Nicky Butler, Javier Garcia Oliva & Laura Littlewood

I was delighted that our programme won the Making a Difference award for Widening Participation! It was a real confidence boost to receive this recognition from colleagues and to know that we had so much support in the community and legal sector too as we also won the public vote. Being able to celebrate this award and publicise it to our supporters, colleagues and community has only served to strengthen and promote the programme further. I’m sure this recognition will serve well in our aspirations to continue supporting young people in the future too." Saba Mirshafiei, Award winner.

The Pathways to Law programme inspires and supports academically-able state school students in years 12 and 13 from under-represented backgrounds who are interested in a career in law.

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Staff Highly Commended

Supporting diverse trainee teachers: Lisa Murtagh, Andy Howes, Liz Bircinall, Rebecca Phillips, Conrad Chapman & Hannah Strickland

This highly effective use of resources supports the recruitment of diverse groups of teacher trainees accompanied by experienced coaches to support vulnerable groups throughout their PGCE year.

Staff Highly Commended

No Recourse!: Rubina Jasani & Jenna Murray de Lopez

The No Recourse! project is a research partnership with Manchester-based organisation Women Asylum Seekers Together. The project trains female asylum seekers to become community researchers.

Student Winner

FunFair : Andreea Avramescu, Raimi Mahtab, Pachara Leohreanu, Monica Voina, Patricia Perez-Palma, Isaac Campbell, Laura Walker & Tinale Li

FunFair is a student-led initiative aimed at primary school children from disadvantaged backgrounds. Together with more than 100 volunteers, FunFair team has welcomed more than 300 children and teachers to the Campus in the past 2 years, for a day full of activities.

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Student Highly Commended

Woman of science

Rhys Archer

Rhys has been a Widening Participation Fellow for 5 years and a Manchester Access Programme tutor for 4 years. She also founded a campaign to encourage more girls in science and engineering called Women of Science.

Student Highly Commended

PEWS: Louise Egan & Carmen Ionita

Psychology Education and Wellbeing in Schools Project is a well-established and positively evaluated widening participation initiative which has been a collaboration with a local WP school for the last five years.