Winners and highly commended 2021

Outstanding benefit to society through research

Winner

Testing women with womb cancer for Lynch syndrome: Emma Crosbie and team, Division of Cancer Sciences, School of Medical Sciences
This research has ensured all women diagnosed with womb cancer are able to be tested for Lynch syndrome.

Winner - staff (emerging impact)

NHS Voices of Covid-19: Stephanie Snow and team, Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health
This research project is documenting the impact of the pandemic on the lives of people across the UK. It is creating a unique national archive of personal stories.

Winner - student (emerging impact)

Worker-driven social responsibility for human rights: Alysha Shivji and team, School of Social Sciences and Alliance Manchester Business School
This research aims to improve our global supply chains and to protect the most vulnerable, low paid workers across the world.

Highly commended

Fighting cardiovascular disease in Africa: Bernard Keavney, Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health
This research identified and developed tools to improve cardiovascular research facilities in Africa.

Highly commended- staff (emerging impact)

Energy Poverty Observatory: Stefan Bouzarovski, The Energy Poverty Observatory School of Environment, Education and Development
This research has instigated a change in the definition and understanding of “energy poverty” across Europe.

Highly commended- student (emerging impact)

COVID-19 & online LGBT+ sexual health service: Jaime Garcia-Iglesias and team, School of Social Sciences
This research has collected people’s experiences of the LGBT Foundation services that have moved online during the pandemic.

Outstanding teaching innovation in social responsibility

Winner
Creating a Sustainable World: Jennifer O'Brien and team, School of Environment, Education and Development

This is a course that aims to equip and empower students to take action for sustainable development.

Highly Commended

The Law in Practice course: Philip Drake and team, School of Social Sciences
This is a course that provides our students with real-life education, where they assist clients who cannot access legal help elsewhere.

The Global Online Learning Forum: Senathirajah Ariyaratnam and team, School of Medical Sciences, Division of Dentistry
This is a flexible platform that brings real-time teaching provision to dental professionals in Asia and Africa.

Outstanding contribution to social innovation and environmental impact

Winner

Manchester Urban Observatory: James Evans and team, School of Environment, Education and Development
This is an organisation that brings data, sensors & expertise together to improve decision making in cities.

Highly Commended

OpenPIL: improving access to medicines information: Malik Ahmed and team, School of Health Sciences, Division of Pharmacy and Optometry
This is an organisation that aims to make information about medicines more reliable and openly available.

Pandemic ethics: Ruth Bromley, School of Medical Sciences, Division of Medical Education
This project is an emergency ethical support service for GPs to support them through the pandemic.

Outstanding public and community engagement initiative: Outstanding local engagement

Winner - staff

The Justice Hub Covid-19 Virtual Vacation Scheme: Philip Drake and team, School of Social Sciences
This is a scheme that continued to provide legal advice to those most vulnerable during the pandemic.

Winner - student

The Blackburn Poetry Project: Rebecca Grant, School of Environment, Education and Development
This is a collaborative arts project which aims to challenge negative narratives about the town of Blackburn.

Highly commended- staff

Congo's Activist in Exile: Jake Gill and team, Blue Shoes Productions and the School of Arts, Languages and Cultures
This project involved a partnership between the School of Arts, Languages and Culture and Blue Shoes Productions. They developed a short documentary to highlight Jenny Dakosta Van Mputu’s refugee experience in the UK.

Highly commended - student

MedReach: Kajal Patel, School of Medical Sciences
This is an online mentoring platform for Year 12 students from less advantaged backgrounds hoping to start medical-related careers.

Outstanding public and community engagement initiative: Outstanding national/international engagement

Winner
Protecting Kenyan communities against COVID-19: Johnny Huck and team, School of Environment, Education and Development
This project involves a multi-disciplinary collaboration with local partners in Kenya. The team worked together to encourage people to use face masks during the pandemic.

Highly commended
Mad Covid: Jo Edge and team, School of Social Sciences and School of Arts Languages and Cultures
This project is a user-led collective for people with serious mental illness during the pandemic.

Great Science Share for Schools goes digital!: Lynne Bianchi and team, Science and Engineering Education Research and Innovation Hub, Faculty of Science and Engineering
This is a programme that was transformed due to the pandemic into a fully digital experience to support teachers and families working at home or in school.

#TheSmileBehindTheMask: Aryana Jizan and team, Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health
This is a student-instigated social media campaign to help healthcare professionals and students to communicate more effectively while wearing protective PPE and face-masks.

Outstanding public and community engagement initiative: Outstanding public contribution

Winner
Stillborn project: Adinda van't Klooster School of Medical Sciences, Division of Developmental Biology and Medicine
This is a collaborative art and poetry project that aims to raise awareness of stillbirth and give people a voice to talk about their experiences.

Highly commended
IntoUniversity Manchester North: Into University Manchester North Team
This is an educational charity that supports some of the most disadvantaged young people in Manchester.

Needs of those bereaved by suicide: Sharon McDonnell and team, Division of Psychology and Mental Health, School of Health Sciences
This project involved conducting a national suicide bereavement survey to identify people’s experiences and needs, which will inform future policy.

Outstanding public and community engagement initiative: Outstanding contribution by our cultural institutions

Winner

Young People in Museums as part of South Asian Heritage Month: Barinur Rashid –Manchester Museum
This is a project that engaged young people to celebrate the diverse heritage of South Asian history and culture.

Highly commended

The Early Years Programme at the Whitworth: Lucy Turner –The Whitworth
This is a sector-leading programme that uses art to inspire and engage under 5’s and their carers.

Science Learning at Home: Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre
This project created a new online hub of scientific resources and activities that were launched soon after last year’s lockdown.

Outstanding professional services for social responsibility

Winner
PPE Printing Project for Local NHS: Brian Derby and the PPE Printing Project Team, School of Natural Sciences
This project addressed the critical demand for personal protective equipment during the pandemic. Staff and students printed and assembled visors for NHS staff and for a partner project in Uganda.

Highly commended
Manchester Museum from Home: Wendy Gallagher and Museum staff –Manchester Museum
This project created of a platform of digital participatory activities and events as a response to the pandemic.

Return of Cultural Heritage: Manchester Museum repatriation: Esme Ward – Manchester Museum
This project involves unconditional repatriation of 43 cultural heritage objects to Australia's First Nations peoples.

Outstanding contribution to environmental sustainability

Winner - student
Want Not Waste: Want Not Waste Team – Cross-faculty

This is a student-run, zero-waste shop with local produce, workshops, upcycling afternoons, a TerraCycle station and talks on sustainability.

Winner - staff (research impact)
Life cycle assessment of solar energy in Kenya: Velma Mukoro, Department of Mechanical, Aerospace and Civil Engineering
This research project assesses the environmental impacts of using solar electrical systems in Kenya.

Highly commended
Light and Air: Lorraine Wolter and team, School of Social Sciences, Alliance Manchester Business School
This is a project that uses sustainable clothing to spark conversations and empower people to live an eco-friendly life.

Outstanding contribution to equality, diversity and inclusion

Winner - staff

ScienceGrrl: Heather Williams, Division of Informatics, Imaging and Data Sciences, School of Health Sciences
This is a grass-roots network that addresses the under-representation of women in science.

Winner – student

My Story Campaign: Tanyaradzwa Mwamuka and team – Faculty of Biology Medicine and Health
This is a campaign project that aims to empower individuals of Afro-Caribbean descent through a programme of creative, positive imagery.

Highly Commended

With Women Book Project: Catherine Millan and the With Women Book Project participants, Division of Student Experience
This is a project that created a book promoting the career of midwifery to young people from BAME communities.

LIVE with Scientists: Ayse Latif and team, Division of Pharmacy and Optometry, School of Health Sciences
This is a non-profit initiative devoted to providing equal access to science for everyone.

Outstanding contribution to widening participation

Winner – student
Manchester Outreach Dentists: Manal Hamad and team, School of Medical Sciences
This is a project that aims to help disadvantaged sixth-form students with their applications to the Dental School.

Winner – staff
Project Inc. Manchester Museum Partnership: Anna Bunney - Manchester Museum
This is a partnership that aims to make Manchester Museum more accessible for neuro-diverse young people

Highly commended – student
Library Peer Network: Adam Cooke and team, University Library
This project is a peer-led network for students from disadvantaged and under-represented backgrounds.

Reading Mentors: Kyna Ho and team, School of Environment, Education and Development
This is a group of volunteers who help school children who need extra support to become confident and able readers.

MedReach: Kajal Patel, School of Medical Sciences
This is an online mentoring platform for Year 12 students from less advantaged backgrounds hoping to start medical-related careers.

Highly commended- staff
Greater Manchester Engineering Challenge: Lynne Bianchi and team, Science and Engineering Education Research and Innovation Hub, Faculty of Science and Engineering
This is an annual campaign that engages pupils with the engineering design process.