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Maximising Impact Awards

These awards will be given annually for staff and postgraduate students in the School who have maximised the impact of their research through public engagement, business innovation, impacting on science policy and engagement with the media beyond the normal expectations of their position. All of these areas do not need to have been covered to be eligible for an award and both actual innovation and engagement and relevant training will be considered. Judging of  the awards will be conducted before the end of September and will apply to activities carried out in the previous academic year. Staff/students can nominate themselves for these awards by sending a list of their activities and other relevant information to Dr Fiona Wyllie. They can also ask her for clarification of criteria or advice on how to proceed in the following year to gain an award for the first time or to achieve a higher award.

Gold, Silver and Bronze Awards are available and decisions on who will be given these awards will depend on the number of criteria met (see below), the extent to which each criteria has been met and whether expectations for I&E activities have been exceeded.

Award Winners 2009/10


 Dr Karen Reed  

 Dr Regina Teo 

 Nick Puts 


 Dr Richard Clarkson 

 Dr Faye Merrix-Jones 

 Dr Benoit Goosens 


Dr Kelly Berube

 Dr Alex Pollard 

 Dr Rebecca Trueman 

Dr Charles Archer

 Dr Alan Watson 


Award Criteria

  1. Innovation or engagement should be research-driven ie activities based on your personal or your group’s research will be most highly considered (although training on non-related activities will be considered).
  2. More credit will also be given to activities that are two-way ie include high audience participation and/or show evidence that audience discussion has been prioritised.
  3. Achievement of significant audience numbers and/or depth of engagement.
  4. Show evidence that you have maximised your impact “footprint”;
    • Produced novel output(s) eg workshop handout/booklet, careers leaflet, good set of images, poster made by audience
    • Achieved tangible outcome(s) eg evidence of positive audience evaluation/feedback, evidence that your engagement has made a difference such as results of a quiz or pupils more interested in pursuing science, Innovation Award, created an ongoing collaboration
  5. Show evidence that you have used evaluation/ feedback or audience discussion to improve on an activity or to influence your own research in a positive way.
  6. Show evidence that you have innovated in some way;
    • Created a completely new activity or significantly adapted an existing activity. 
    • Developed new processes, techniques or applied existing techniques in a new arena.
    • Found a well selected new audience and/or cultivated further collaboration with an existing audience or venue eg Science centre
  7. Motivated or enabled others to maximise their impact;
    • Actively recruit volunteers within the School/ other Cardiff University Schools for your activities
    • Show that you have championed impact in some way within your research group, peer group within the School or more widely within the University
    • Acted as an Ambassador outside the University
    • Show evidence for having shared resources or that you are prepared to share resources
  8. Show evidence for increasing your knowledge/skills base (eg participation in Researcher-in-Residence Scheme, i-Solve, BBSRC Biotechnology YES Scheme , BBSRC Media training, BBSRC Policy placement, relevant networking events). This can include participating in activities run by other researchers.
  9. Actively sought relevant external funding.
  10. Got actively involved in the organisation of an event eg Learn About Life
  11. Show evidence of commercialising research outcomes (Licences, Spin-out companies, IP)
  12. Show evidence for enhancing your employability eg completion of a PTY undergraduate placement.
  13. Actively sought publicity for your activity eg submitted a report/case study to be included in the School’s “Maximising Impact” webpages and/or Cardiff University News. Talked or written publicly about your research or engagement activity.
  14. Show evidence for good “process” in your activities.