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Nominations open: Patient and Public Involvement and Engagement Awards 2019

Nominations required: Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health Awards for Outstanding Contribution to Patient and Public Involvement and Engagement (PPIE). Deadline Monday 24 June 12pm

Building upon last year’s success, we will recognise inspirational and outstanding commitment to PPIE that has made a positive difference, through the FBMH ‘Outstanding Contribution to PPIE’ awards.

The awards are open to Public Contributors, staff, students and groups contributing to PPIE in the Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health. Activities may include, but not limited to: setting research/teaching priorities, co-production of research/ teaching, enabling and evidencing high quality PPIE through public partnerships and sheer hard work and commitment to enable excellence in the Faculty’s work.

The categories for the awards are:

  • Public Contributor
  • Staff
  • Student
  • Group (e.g. research user group) please provide the names of every member of the group.
  • New comer (has only been doing PPIE for up to two years)
  • One off event/project

You can nominate someone for more than one category and you can also self-nominate as well.

To submit a nomination please visit the following link and complete the required information: https://apps.mhs.manchester.ac.uk/surveys//TakeSurvey.aspx?SurveyID=m6KJ3561H

We would like to create a poster of the nominations to showcase at the event so please confirm that you are happy for the information you have provided in the nomination form to be presented on the day.

Please note: We strongly recommend that you inform the person that you are nominating them.

Shortlisted entrants will be notified by the end of June and will be invited to the PPIE Celebration event on Wednesday 17 July, Core Technology Facility where winners will be announced.

Should you require any further information, please contact srbmh@manchester.ac.uk or Tel: 0161 275 5186.

Posted on behalf of Imogen Halls, Public Engagement and Communications Intern
Social Responsibility and Public Engagement Team, Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health, The University of Manchester

Nominations now open: The Josh Award and Beetlestone Awards

It’s time to cast your nominations for the two major awards in Sci Comm, each recognising an individual, at different stages of their careers, who’ve made a significant difference to the industry.

The Josh Award is the UK’s national Award in science communication, established to recognise and encourage early professional career, talented innovation and creativity in science communication and engagement. The Award is inspired by and named in memory of Josh Phillips who was the first Science Communication Officer at the Museum of Science and Industry and also Chair of BIG at the time his passing. The Josh Award provides the opportunity to further develop the winner’s STEM communication skills, networks and awareness of the industry, with support from teams at the Science Museum Group and the BIG STEM Communicators Network. Applications close: 24 April 2019.

To find out more, please see: https://www.big.uk.com/josh/

The Beetlestone Award is now in its second year and was established to recognise leadership and legacy in the field of ‘informal science learning’ (in memory of Professor John Beetlestone, the founding Director of Techniquest Science Discovery Centre). To be considered for this Award, nominees must be actively engaged and well-established in the field of ISL. They must be currently in a leadership role in the UK and able to demonstrate strategic vision and the creation of a legacy. Applications close: 1 May 2019.

To find out more, please see: https://www.big.uk.com/beetlestone/

Making a Difference Awards

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

With a closing date of 21 January there are less than two weeks 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
  • Outstanding public and community engagement initiative
  • Outstanding contribution to equality, diversity and inclusion
  • Outstanding Professional Services and library support 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 2019, 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: http://www.socialresponsibility.manchester.ac.uk/get-involved/awards/

The Royal Society of Biology Outreach and Engagement Awards

The Royal Society of Biology Outreach and Engagement Awards aim to reward outreach work carried out by researchers who inform, enthuse and engage with different audiences.

The Awards are open to scientists working in any sector of UK biosciences, from universities, institutes or industry. There are two award categories each with a cash prize: New Researcher (£750) and Established Researcher (£1500).

Applications close on 29th June. For more information and to apply, please visit the Society’s website: http://www.rsb.org.uk/outreach-awards

For queries please email: raghavendra.selvam@RSB.ORG.UK

Posted on behalf of Raghav Selvam AMRSB, Competitions and Outreach Officer, Royal Society of Biology

Only a few days left to apply for the UK’s national award in science communication!

Get your skates on, folks! There are only a few days left to apply for the UK’s national award in science communication, established to recognise and support up-and-coming talent in science communication.

The winner of the 2017 Josh Award will get a fantastic string of prizes, including the opportunity to become the science communicator in residence at the Manchester Science Festival

You’ll also receive up to £2500 to develop your project or event with Manchester Science Festival and up to £1000 personal expenses budget.

Attendance at the annual BIG Event (conference fee and annual membership provided by BIG, worth around £300 – http://www.big.uk.com)

A personal prize cheque of £500 provided by the Josh Award. The Josh Award trophy, held for one year. And bags and bags of prestige and kudos!

Applying is really simple so there’s no reason not to try! Apply by 5pm on Monday 22nd May 2017 by clicking on http://www.big.uk.com/josh

Posted on behalf of, Sarah Vining, Membership Services Manager, BIG STEM Communicators Network

Call for nominations: The Josh Award 2017 – science communication

Are you – or do you know – an amazing science communicator who is at a defining moment in their career?

The Josh Award is the UK’s national award in science communication, established to recognise and support up-and-coming talent in science communication. The award provides the opportunity to become the science communicator in residence at the Manchester Science Festival, developing and delivering a new project or event while showcasing best practice in the field of science communication. The winner receives support to nurture their development in the field and their involvement in the Manchester Science Festival from the Festival team, the University of Salford’s Science Communication cluster, and the BIG STEM Communicators Network.

The Prize

  • Role as Manchester Science Festival Science Communicator in Residence for 2017. The winner will receive the support of the Manchester Science Festival team, members of BIG and previous Josh Award winners to develop and deliver an innovative and creative new project or event at Manchester Science Festival.
  • Up to £2500 to develop your project or event with Manchester Science Festival and up to £1000 personal expenses budget. Please note this budget will be agreed and held by the Manchester Science Festival and the University of Salford.
  • Attendance at the annual BIG Event (http://www.big.uk.com/event-2468918) conference fee and annual membership provided by BIG, worth around £300) to network with and present to a diverse range of science communicators from across the sector. The 2017 BIG Event will take place from Wednesday 19 to Friday 21 July 2017 at Life Science Centre in Newcastle Upon Tyne.
  • A personal prize cheque of £500 provided by the Josh Award
  • The Josh Award trophy, held for one year

How to apply: Applications are now open until 5pm on Monday 22nd May 2017. For more information please see the information pack and application form:
http://www.manchestersciencefestival.com/2017/04/the-josh-award-2017-call-for-nominations/

Celebrating Community Action – Volunteer of the Year Awards now open!

Every year the University celebrates the actions of staff, students and alumni who give their time and commitment to communities locally, national and internationally through the Volunteer of the Year Awards.

Previous nominees have taken on a wide range of roles to support vulnerable members of the community both in the UK and overseas, including support to the homeless, the elderly, those in crisis and those living in poverty. They have done this through mobilising local communities, raising vital funds and providing one to one support.

Nominations are now open for the 2017 awards with three categories:

  • Student of the Year – open to any current undergraduate or postgraduate of the University of Manchester. This award is in association with University of Manchester Students’ Union.
  • Staff of the Year – open to any current staff member of the University.
  • Alumni of the Year – open to any graduate of The University of Manchester (including Victoria University and UMIST).

Do you do something to support others or know a student or member of staff at the University who does? If so why not nominate them. The process is easy!

Last year’s staff winner was Kirsty Keywood, an academic in the School of Law. She advocates for the rights of people with learning difficulties and mental health problems in a number of ways including having volunteered as an appropriate adult for Greater Manchester Police and supporting the development of services of the Manchester People First charity.

Each winner receives a financial donation to the organisation that they support: £300 for the overall winner, and £200 and £100 for the 2nd and 3rd place runners up. In addition the overall winner in each category is put forward for the University Social Responsibility Award, one of the President’s Distinguished Achievement Awards.

For more information and to make a nomination go to www.manchester.ac.uk/volunteeroftheyear.

To inspire you, information on all the 2016 winners, and winners from previous years, can also be found on these pages.

The Awards are organised by the Student Development & Community Engagement Division, which is part of the Directorate for the Student Experience.

The deadline for Volunteer of the Year nominations is Sunday 12th March 2017.

Posted by Lindsay Gilbert, Volunteering & Community Engagement Manager, The University of Manchester

British Academy Rising Star Engagement Awards

The British Academy’s Rising Star Engagement Awards (BARSEAs) are designed to enable established early career academics to actively engage in the work of the Academy and to enhance their own skills and career development through the organisation of events, training, and mentoring activities for a wide range of other early career researchers.

Timetable:

  • Scheme Opens: 26 October 2016
  • Deadline for Applicants: 5pm on 30 November 2016
  • Deadline for Institutional Approval: 5pm on 1 December 2016
  • Deadline for Referees: 5pm on 8 December 2016
  • Final Award Announcement expected: Late February 2017

Eligibility
Applications are invited from early career scholars within 10 years of the award of their doctorate, and ordinarily resident in the United Kingdom. Candidates must also be able to demonstrate their academic credentials to be leaders in research through suitable marks of esteem awarded prior to the submission of the application. Please note, applicants are required to have a Fellow of the British Academy (FBA) champion their candidacy. The FBA Champion’s support is an endorsement of both the applicant and the proposed project. The Academy is unable to assist applicants in procuring an FBA Champion.

Award Value
Up to £15,000.

Find out more at: http://www.britac.ac.uk/british-academy-rising-star-engagement-awards