2020 Awards

In 2020 we received 28 entries from across a wide spectrum of research disciplines and from researchers at different stages of their careers. The range of work shows the huge potential that we as a University have to bring about positive change locally, nationally and internationally.

Twelve outstanding projects were shortlisted in 2020 and from these four winners were chosen. Read on to find out more about these projects which address significant challenges and empower others to take action; from inspiring and empowering people to speak up on issues such as inequality or climate change, to designing tools that will help health service providers improve delivery.

Download the 2020 Research Engagement and Impact Awards booklet.

2020 Award Winners

Voices for action in the climate conversation

Farmers in Uganda are adapting to the changing climate with little support from, or communication with, local government advisors. Grady Walker upskilled farmers in film-making to visualise the challenges and…Read More >

Astor100: Challenging the male narrative in Parliament

Astor100, curated by Dr Jacqui Turner, commemorates a hundred years of women in Parliament and is influencing contemporary debate on attitudes to women in politics today. Through public lectures, exhibitions…Read More >

Intelligent solutions to a costly issue

Missed appointments cost the NHS millions every year. Weizi Li and her team developed a computer model to predict which patients might miss their next check up, prompting a reminder….Read More >

Marvellous Mums (2020)

Marvellous Mums has brought together researchers and community partners to support disadvantaged women from local communities to recognise their own skills and strengths.  Armed with new confidence and aspirations, many…Read More >

2020 Shortlisted Entries

Professional Development for the Digital Age

With huge caseloads and stretched budgets, it is harder than ever for GPs to keep abreast of the latest developments through traditional routes, such as conferences and journals. This project…Read More >

Picturing science for children

Marie Neurath was a designer whose appealing and accessible graphic style helped explain complex science subjects to children in the mid-twentieth century. Through an exhibition and teaching resources, Sue Walker…Read More >

Restoring plant diversity in a biodiversity hotspot

Landscape restoration following mining operations in Australia is commonplace, but research revealed that over-fertilisation of ancient soils triggers long-term damage to biodiversity. Working closely with mining giants and regulators, Mark…Read More >

The value of stability

Neil Crosby’s work with colleagues in the Department of Real Estate and Planning has raised UK and international standards in property valuation. It has influenced global monetary policy towards improving…Read More >

Getting better connected for the climate

A lack of connectedness – to others and to nature – is contributing to poor mental health and the climate crisis. Through a popular science book, public engagement, and government-level…Read More >

Art that activates

Reading International forged links between artists, communities and venues to create contemporary artworks that spark debate on local and global issues. Reaching over 45,000 people in three years, it is…Read More >

Picturing challenges of life in paradise

Every day, island communities in the Maldives feel the impact of environmental change caused by humans. Alex Arnall empowered islanders to use photography to document these challenges and bring their…Read More >

‘Venomous snakebites: Rapid action saves lives’ (2020)

Lives are lost to venomous snakebites every day in rural India. Sakthivel Vaiyapuri’s education programme across Tamil Nadu is tackling the problem, providing a clear action plan for those affected….Read More >