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.

Summary of the Informing, Listening and Working Together awards

For the purpose of this Award ‘public engagement’ is understood as:

The myriad of ways in which the activity and benefits of research can be shared with the public. Engagement is by definition a two-way process, involving interaction and listening, with the goal of generating mutual benefit.

Public engagement with research should enhance and enrich your research. Work that is viewed as being essential to your research (eg participant recruitment) is not eligible. Please contact the Public Engagement Unit for advice if you are unsure. The public are described as any individual or group of people outside of academia.

When considering applications for these awards, the judging panel will look for evidence of excellence in public engagement with research that clearly demonstrates the mutual benefit of the engagement. The awards will recognise a strong commitment by the researcher to their own learning from the process of engagement. All types of engagement will be considered for these awards under the following categories.


This category aims to reward projects that have successfully shared research with public groups from outside of academia. Examples of projects eligible for this category could include activities, but not limited to, such as broadcasting, exhibitions, radio, blogs, social media activities, public lectures, research related outreach activities etc.


This category aims to reward public engagement projects which listen and respond to the needs, knowledge and experience of public groups. Examples of projects eligible for this category could include activities , but not limited to, such as roundtable discussions, citizen science or stakeholder panels.

Working Together

This category aims to reward public engagement projects that have involved working with public groups from outside of academia. Examples of projects eligible for this category could include activities, but bot limited to, such as carrying out research collaboratively with community partners, collaborating with local artists groups to run an exhibition based on your research or working with research stakeholders to create tools based on your research.

Who can apply

These awards are open to all members of staff of the University of Bath within the Education, Research and Technical job families.

These awards are not open to professional services staff.


Assessment criteria

  • A strong relationship between the high-quality engagement and the high-quality research.

  • The benefits of the engagement should be clearly described and supported by evidence with respect to:

    • your research
    • you as a researcher
    • the public group or community you engaged
  • Demonstration of a reflective/evaluative approach which shows what you have learned through your public engagement activities and how your engagement and research has evolved accordingly.

Assessment process

The researcher should apply directly.

Applications will be reviewed by a judging panel of internal and external experts in public engagement. A shortlist of three applicants will then be invited to engage an audience with their research and engagement practice at the Vice-Chancellor's Engage Awards and Public Engagement Showcase event. The judging panel will announce the winner of the Prize at this event.

The winner will be asked to contribute to University websites and other materials in respect of their award or public engagement activities. This may take several forms including, but not limited to, a video, case study or spotlight article.

The award will not normally be awarded to the same person on more than one occasion and certainly not within three years of the initial award being made. The judging panel will need to demonstrate the exceptional circumstances of the case if the award is made again to a previously successful candidate.


The Vice-Chancellor’s Engage Awards are run biennially with the next awards hosted in 2021. Nominations for the Vice-Chancellor’s Engage Awards 2021 is scheduled to open in Spring 2021.