2022 Awards

Our Research Engagement and Impact Awards, give us the opportunity to celebrate the excellent research taking place across the University that addresses real world problems and changes the world around us.

In 2022 we received 28 entries from across a wide spectrum of our research and from colleagues at different stages of their careers. Eleven outstanding projects were shortlisted in 2022 and from these four winners were chosen. Read on to find out more about these projects which address significant challenges and engage individuals, organisations or communities to bring about positive change: from screenings and workshops that inspire, participatory research that empowers, and projects that are informing changes in policy and practice.

Download the 2022 Research Engagement and Impact Awards booklet.

2022 Award Winners

We Make Film: filmmaking, creativity and disability in urban India

An 80-minute feature documentary produced by Reading’s Dr Shweta Ghosh as part of her practice-led research is being used to highlight the urgent need for more inclusive and accessible filmmaking...Read More >

Reducing risk of glacial floods in Central Asia

By repurposing a technical geo-surveying technique as a practical management tool, a team of Reading researchers are helping to mitigate the potentially catastrophic effects of climate change in Central Asia....Read More >

Destigmatising self-injury through art

Through a series of participant-led art workshops, Reading researchers are raising important questions about how we understand and talk about self-injury. Seventeenth-century representations of self-injury in literature and art suggest...Read More >

Tackling air pollution through citizen science

Researchers at Reading are helping communities to breathe healthier air by equipping schools and families with tools and skills to identify and tackle air pollution. More than three million children...Read More >

2022 Shortlisted Entries

Changing perceptions of disability through film

A project designed to bring the work of experimental filmmaker Stephen Dwoskin to new audiences online is changing attitudes towards disability, accessibility, and art. With cinemas and galleries across the...Read More >

Discovering land for housing migrant workers in Kochi, India

By working with public policymakers in the Indian city of Kochi, researchers at Reading are improving access to affordable housing for the city’s migrant workers. Kochi is the most densely...Read More >

Rainfall Rescue: crowdsourcing for improved climate data

University of Reading researchers are harnessing the power of the public to put historical UK weather data back into the hands of the climate scientists who need it. With extreme...Read More >

Reducing missed outpatient appointments and health inequalities through AI

An artificial intelligence (AI) system developed by a team of Reading researchers is being used by the NHS to tackle health inequalities by reducing the number of missed hospital appointments....Read More >

Uncovering hidden stories from Oxford Road

Reading researchers are working with local communities and artists to reveal and celebrate the heritage of one of the town’s most diverse and multicultural streets. With more than 70 languages...Read More >

Improving ethnic diversity in higher education

Studies co-produced by Reading researchers with students from under-represented ethnic backgrounds are being used to support fair access to higher education. While there has been a concerted effort in recent...Read More >

Using cultural heritage to empower women and alleviate poverty in Jordan

An archaeologist from Reading is working with Jordanian partners to develop a new business in Faynan, southern Jordan, that is owned and managed by local Bedouin women to generate income...Read More >