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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.

There are five award categories that make up the Vice-Chancellor’s Engage Awards:

  • Informing - for projects that have successfully shared research with public groups from outside of academia.

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

  • Working Together - for projects that have involved working with public groups from outside of academia.

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

  • Local and Civic Engagement - for projects, teams and individuals that have made outstanding civic contributions on behalf of the University through engaging with local civil society organisations, community groups, residents and charities.

The Vice-Chancellor's Engage Awards 2021 are now closed, the next Engage Awards will take place in 2023.

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.

Award schemes for public engagement activities

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


Royal Astronomical Society - Annie Maunder Medal for Outreach

The Annie Maunder Medal is open to everyone involved in outreach or public engagement for astronomy or geophysics. That is: academics, amateurs, and professionals (including those whose main occupation is outreach or public engagement). This Medal can be awarded to individuals or whole teams. In line with other RAS Awards, this Medal is open to nominees from anywhere in the world.

Deadline: 30 September

Royal Society of Chemistry: Chemical Landmark Awards

Royal Society of Chemistry Chemical Landmarks – awarded as distinctive blue plaques – celebrate impactful chemical science across the diverse people, teams and organisations who are helping to make the world a better place.

Deadline: 30 September.

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