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Celebrating Social Responsibility in FSE - The Better World Showcase

14 Feb 2018

Find out about some of the fantastic social responsibility projects taking place in the Faculty of Science and Engineering

BWS 2018

The Better World Showcase, the Faculty of Science and Engineering's social responsibility awards, took place on Monday 12 February in the Great Hall. The event celebrated staff and students who are ‘making a difference’ through projects which benefit society or the environment.

The event was hosted by Professor Martin Schröder, Dean of the Faculty, who praised the number and variety of projects and the commitment of those involved to social responsibility. Many of the judges who presented the awards commented on the high quality of the 45 nominations and how difficult this made the judging process. As a result a number of projects were highly commended in addition to those who won the award in each of the nine categories. In total 20 outstanding projects were recognised.

The winners in each category are:

Outstanding benefit to society through research

Grant Allen, Peter Hollingsworth, Joseph Pitt, Khristopher Kabbabe, Adil Shah, Hugo Ricketts and Paul Williams

Outstanding teaching and learning innovation in social responsibility

Aerospace Group Design Team

Inspiring Communities

Jonah Ogbuneke

Outstanding contribution to environmental sustainability

Tyndall Manchester

Outstanding public engagement initiative

Ben Parslew

Outstanding contribution to equality and diversity

Andrew Markwick

Outstanding professional support services, library and cultural institutions support for social responsibility

Mark White and Colette Quinn

Outstanding contribution to widening participation (student)

Emily Cooksey

Outstanding contribution to widening participation (staff)

Anne Knott

Outstanding student volunteer

Aiswarya Kishor

Nominees who were highly commended are:

Outstanding benefit to society through research

Effluents Centre of Expertise

Outstanding benefit to society through research

Members of Jodrell Bank Centre for Astrophysics involved in overseas development programmes

Outstanding public engagement initiative

The Project Malawi Team

Outstanding public engagement initiative

Liam Marsh and Michael O'Toole

Outstanding public engagement initiative

The Robot Orchestra Collective

Outstanding contribution to equality and diversity

Rob Appleby and Tactile Collider team

Outstanding contribution to equality and diversity

Sinisa Durovic, Alex Casson, Paul Jordan and Colin Baines

Outstanding contribution to widening participation (student)

Rhys Archer

Outstanding student volunteer

Iffah Ab Latib and Edoardo De Caro

Outstanding student volunteer

Janhvi Agarwal, Molly Ward, Astrid Weston and Laurence Skidmore

                                                                                                                             

Staff and students from across the University also had their say on their favourite nomination in the People’s Vote, and an additional award was given to the winner of the vote at the celebration event. Rob Appleby and the Tactile Collider team were recognised for the second time for their fantastic work making some of the most exciting and high-profile physics research of recent times accessible to the visually impaired.

At the event, posters of all of the excellent nominations were on display for guests to see. Along with the awards ceremony, guests enjoyed afternoon tea as well as performances from the School of Chemical Engineering and Analytical Science’s staff choir and Yusuf Tarajia, a chemical engineering students and award-winning spoken word poet.

Congratulations to all of our winners and nominees and thank you for ‘making a difference’. Many of the nominees in the Better World Showcase have been put forward for the University’s Making a Difference Awards and we wish them lots of luck in this process!

Photos from the event are available on the Faculty’s Facebook page.

See all the nominated projects on the FSE Social Responsibility website