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Josh Award for Science Communication 2022 – applications close 24 April 2022

Are you passionate about communicating STEM (science, technology, engineering & maths) or exploring what a career in science engagement might look like for you? Got an idea for a project or event you’d like to develop with the support of the Science Museum Group?

The Josh Award is the UK’s national award for STEM communication. It is designed to recognise, celebrate and nurture emerging talent in the sphere of science communication. In addition to winning £2000 from the Josh Award Fund, the winner will get the chance to develop and deliver a new project or event for Manchester Science Festival 2022, a biennial festival produced by the Science and Industry Museum in Manchester. The project or event should showcase innovative practice in the field of STEM communication and explore the festival’s theme.

It is open to individuals and groups, involved in STEM communication and resident in the UK. We welcome applicants who will bring valuable difference to the sector, either through the audiences they work with or their creative practice.

Applications open on the 15 March 2022 and close on the 24 April 2022.

Full details and an application pack can be found here:

https://www.scienceandindustrymuseum.org.uk/manchester-science-festival/josh-award

The award is inspired by and named in memory of Josh Phillips, who was the first Science Communication Officer at the Science and Industry Museum. As well as proposing and leading the first Manchester Science Festival, Josh was also the Chair of BIG, the UK’s premier science communicators network, at the time of his passing.

 

Making a Difference Awards – 8 categories including public engagement

Making a Difference Awards 2022 – now open for entries.

Do you know somebody who is working to improve the lives of others? Are you making a difference in your local community and beyond? Is there a cause that you think needs to be more widely understood?

Enter or nominate for a Making a Difference Award!
http://www.socialresponsibility.manchester.ac.uk/get-involved/awards/

Our annual Making a Difference Awards are back and open for entries, ready to celebrate the achievements of our staff, students, alumni and external partners. The eight award categories (including public engagement) acknowledge the difference people are making in their communities and beyond, covering many different types of social responsibility projects and activities. If you, your team or someone you know has made a difference enter now, the deadline for applications is January 17 2022.

Take a look at the statements from our previous winners and highly commended recipients to see how receiving a Making a Difference Award has given them a boost to continue tackling issues they feel passionate about, shone a spotlight on the impact their work has had and inspired further funding opportunities.

Important Information:

  • Deadline for entries is 17 January 2022.
  • Candidates can self-nominate or be nominated by a third party.
  • Entries are submitted through the social responsibility website.
  • Printed entry forms are available from the Office for Social Responsibility, 186 Waterloo Place, Oxford Road or by calling: 0161 306 3059.
  • Individuals and teams can enter.

For further information see the Award’s website.

The 2021 Beetlestone Award – leadership and legacy in Informal Science Learning

Are you a leader in the field of ‘informal learning in science’? Or do you work with someone who is?

Now in its fourth year, this Award is to recognise someone who has already made or is clearly creating a significant legacy for the field. This Award has been made possible through the generosity of the Beetlestone family and other private donors.

The prize

  • UK-wide recognition amongst your peers in the ISL field.
  • The Beetlestone Award trophy
  • A personal award of £500
  • A bursary of up to £500 to facilitate dissemination
  • Attendance at the annual BIG Event free of registration charge.

Details of how to nominate someone, or to apply yourself, are now available at: https://www.big.uk.com/beetlestone

The closing date for completed applications for this year’s Award is Saturday 1 May 2021.

Posted on behalf of Colin Johnson, Chair, Beetlestone Award Organising Group

Volunteer of the Year Awards 2021 – now open for entries

In a year like no other, the impact of COVID-19 has shown just how incredible volunteers are, from supporting the NHS, to foodbank donations and helping neighbours.

Now is your chance to recognise their ongoing efforts in our annual Volunteer of the Year AwardsMake a nomination before midnight on Sunday, 7 March 2021.

Celebrating the very best of volunteering, the awards give our University and our community partners the opportunity to recognise those who epitomise what it means to make a difference. There are three individual categories: student, staff and alumni; and one group category for students.

Very often, the nominees who get recognised have been put forward by someone who knows them at the University, and are often in a great position to explain the difference these individuals have made to their communities.

Last year’s winners include projects where volunteers expanded a sustainability shop business; assisted students in a night time safety initiative; delivered youth programmes nationally and internationally and ran sessions to SEN and SED young people in Manchester with charity Sexpression:UK.

Be inspired by the stories of our past winners and place your nomination on the Volunteer of the Year Awards website.

Important information:

  • Entries to be submitted to the volunteering website
  • Deadline for entries is midnight on Sunday, 7 March
  • Candidates can self-nominate or be nominated by a third party
  • Individuals and teams (for student group) can enter
  • If you have any trouble accessing the nomination form, please email volunteers@manchester.ac.uk

There’s still time to enter our Making a Difference Awards – extended closing date

Due to popular demand, we are extending the deadline for our Making a Difference Awards entries – closing date midnight 24 January

At a time in which we are all probably reeling from the latest announcement of a third lockdown, we want to encourage you to highlight the great work and resilience that our staff, students, alumni and external partners are showing and the huge difference they are making to the lives of others.

If you haven’t already, please enter or nominate someone you know, to help recognise and celebrate the positive social responsibility achievements being made across our University during these challenging times.

The Awards are open to all staff and students at the University as well as alumni and external partners. Individuals or teams can submit an entry for themselves, or be nominated by a third party.

The award categories include the following:

  • Outstanding public and community engagement initiative (subcategories include: local engagement; national/international engagement; public contribution; contribution by our Cultural Institutions)
  • Outstanding benefit to society through research
  • Outstanding teaching innovation in social responsibility
  • Outstanding contribution to social innovation and environmental impact through enterprise
  • Outstanding contribution to equality, diversity and inclusion
  • Outstanding professional services for social responsibility
  • Outstanding contribution to environmental sustainability
  • Outstanding contribution to widening participationVolunteer of the Year Award

Culminating in a major awards ceremony hosted by the President and Vice-Chancellor in May 2021, the awards will celebrate, raise awareness and provide valuable recognition of how individuals and teams across the University are making a difference to the social and environmental wellbeing of our communities and wider society.

Further information, award criteria and the entry form can be found on the social responsibility website.

Beetlestone Award ­for leadership and legacy in Informal Science Learning

The Beetlestone Award – for leadership and legacy in Informal Science Learning

The purpose of the Beetlestone Award is to recognise a leader in the field of ‘informal learning in science’ – someone still in post in the UK, not a retiree – who has already made or is clearly creating a significant legacy for the field.

Professor John Beetlestone (1932-2017), the founding director of the UK’s first purpose-built science discovery centre, Techniquest in Cardiff, was one of the ISL pioneers of the 20th century.  Who is following in his footsteps?

Now in its third year, this Award has been made possible through the generosity of the Beetlestone family and some other private donors.  Details of how to nominate someone, or to apply yourself, are now available on the BIG website.

The closing date for nominations and applications for this year’s Award is Friday 1 May 2020.

There’s still time to enter the Making a Difference Awards

With a closing date of 20 January there is just one week to go before the deadline for entering the Making a Difference Awards.

The Making a Difference Awards aim to recognise and celebrate the many different types of social responsibility achievements of the University’s academic and professional services staff, students and alumni.

The Awards are open to all staff and students at the University and external partners. Individuals or teams can submit an entry for themselves, or be nominated by a third party.

The award categories include the following:

  • Outstanding benefit to society through research
  • Outstanding teaching innovation in social responsibility
  • Outstanding contribution to social innovation and environmental impact through enterprise
  • Outstanding public and community engagement initiative
  • Outstanding contribution to equality, diversity and inclusion
  • Outstanding Professional Services for social responsibility
  • Outstanding contribution to environmental sustainability
  • Outstanding contribution to widening participation
  • Volunteer of the Year Award

Culminating in a major awards ceremony hosted by the President and Vice-Chancellor in May 2020, the awards will celebrate, raise awareness and provide valuable recognition of how individuals and teams across the University are making a difference to the social and environmental wellbeing of our communities and wider society.

Further information, award criteria and the entry form can be found on the social responsibility website.

British Science Festival – Award Lecture nominations

Are you, or do you know, a promising early career researcher? Nominations are now open for seven Award Lectureships available to promising early career academics, skilled at engaging people with their research.

The Award Lectures are an opportunity for open and informed discussion of science and related disciplines. The selected candidates will have the opportunity to present their winning lecture at the 2020 Festival.

Nominations close on 6 January 2020 at 5pm.

More information, including the application process can be found here.