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Celebrating public engagement

Find out more about how you can be recognised and rewarded for your public engagement work by the University of Bath and other organisations.

The Vice-Chancellor's Engage Awards

The biennial celebration of public engagement with research at the University of Bath.


Established in 2013 and run by the Public Engagement Unit, the Vice-Chancellor’s Engage Awards aims to reward and celebrate the work of colleagues from across the University of Bath who are engaging non-academic audiences with their research.

Winners of the Vice-Chancellor’s Engage Awards are recognised for their important role in undertaking excellent public engagement with their research, increasing the impact of their work, improving their own skills and leading by example. The four categories of the Awards are:

  • Informing - projects that share research with public groups from outside of academia

  • Listening - projects that listen and respond to the needs, knowledge and experience of public groups

  • Working together - projects that have involved working with public groups from outside of academia

  • Leadership - rewarding an individual that has made an exceptional contribution to the culture of public engagement across their research centre /institute /department /broader research community.

The Vice-Chancellor's Engage Awards, previously the Vice-Chancellor's Awards for Public Engagement with Research, have been running since 2013. Find out more about previous award winners.

The next Vice-Chancellor's Engage Awards will be held in 2021.

The Vice-Chancellor's Engage Awards 2019

Winners of the Vice-Chancellor's Engage Awards and participants at the public engagement showcase 2019


The Vice-Chancellor's Engage Awards and Showcase

Award schemes for public engagement activities

Award schemes run by external organisations rewarding and recognising public engagement with research.


If you're looking for recognition for engaging public groups with your research, then you may be interested in some of the following awards run by external organisations. The categories, eligibility criteria and timelines will vary, for which more specific information for applicants can be found on the relevant organisations' websites.

Nominate a Researcher for the Maddox Prize

The John Maddox Prize for Standing up for Science recognises the work of individuals who promote science and evidence. Deadline 11 May.

The Biochemical Society Science Communication Prize

This prize is open to undergraduate and postgraduate students to celebrate outstanding science communication. Deadline 28 May.

The British Association of Psychopharmacology Public Communication Prizes

Awarded annually to reward excellence in both clinical and non-clinical science communication to the public in the area of psychopharmacology. There are two prizes of £200, one for Training Members and one for Early Career/Full Members .

Find out more about the Public Communication Prizes

Applications for the Public Communication Prizes close on 31 May

Royal Society of Biology - Outreach and Engagement Award

The Outreach and Engagement Award run by the Royal Society of Biology aims to reward outreach work carried out by new scientists and established researchers who inform, enthuse and engage the public with biological science. The Awards consist of two categories, New Researcher (with a prize of £750) and Established Researcher (with a prize of £1,500).

Find out more about the Outreach and Engagement Award

Applications for the Outreach and Engagement Award close on 26 June

Royal Astronomical Society - Annie Maunder Medal

The Annie Maunder Medal is awarded for an outstanding contribution to outreach and public engagement for astronomy or geophysics.

Find out more about the Annie Maunder Medal

Deadline - Nominations should be submitted by the last Friday in September 2020 for awarding in 2021.

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Contact Us

If you are interested in applying for any of these awards schemes, get in touch with the Public Engagement Unit.