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Innovation and Impact Awards

Our Innovation and Impact Awards celebrate our successful collaborations and links with business.

Innovation and Impact Awards 2019

Each year we celebrate our collaborations through our Innovation and Impact Awards. Winners are carefully selected based on the innovation, impact and added value arising from the collaboration. Partner organisations vary, from large businesses to small companies, social enterprises or government organisations and charities or public bodies, reflecting the diversity of work and the power of partnerships.

The awards are presented at a black tie dinner and this prestigious evening is a chance for some of our leading academics, their collaborative partners and distinguished guests, to come together and celebrate these award winning partnerships.

2019 winners

Future Innovation Leader Award
Dame Shan Elizabeth Morgan DCMG presenting the Future Innovation Leader Award to Dr Bethany Keenan, School of Engineering

The 2019 Innovation and Impact Awards were celebrated at a gala dinner on 3 June at the National Museum Cardiff, attended by the Vice Chancellor, Professor Colin Riordan and Minister for Education, Kirsty Williams AM, who gave the keynote address.

The Minister also presented the People's Choice Award, voted for by the public, which went to the Welsh Local Government Association and School of Psychology for increasing awareness of the SIGNS of autism in children.

Dr Bethany Keenan, Post-doctoral Research Associate for the Head of School of Engineering, won the evening’s newest award: Future Innovation Leader. A new category introduced this year, the accolade celebrates rising stars of innovation at Cardiff University and recognises individuals who have played an active role in the development of the impact of their research. Dame Shan Morgan, Permanent Secretary, presented Dr Keenan with her award.

This year's ceremony was sponsored by Blake Morgan and Symbiosis IP, and we are very grateful to them and all our partners for their continued support.

View the photo gallery of the evening on Flickr.

Learn more about the four award winning projects:

Business Innovation Award

North Wales company Qioptiq worked closely with Cardiff Business School to devise a novel approach to remanufacturing and demand forecasting.

News article: Award for Qioptiq Cardiff Partnership

Sustainable Innovation Award

Siemens-led project in collaboration with the School of Engineering, the UKRI Science and Technology Facilities Council and Oxford University with funding from Innovate UK led to the world's first integrated renewable energy/ammonia-storage demonstrator.

News article: 'Ammonia for power' project wins award

Innovation in Healthcare Award

The School of Psychology collaborated with the ASD National Development TeamWelsh Local Government Association (WLGA) to develop a system that helps medical professionals spot the signs of autism in children.

News article: Award for system that spots SIGNS of autism

Innovation in Partnership Award

The School of Journalism, Media and Culture’s Creative Economy Unit worked with BBC Cymru WalesCardiff Council and Wales Millennium Centre  to develop Creative Cardiff – a Cardiff University-led network for the creative industries

News article: Creative Cardiff wins innovation award