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Durham University

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Durham University Impact and Engagement Awards 2019

The Durham University Impact and Engagement Prize recognises and celebrates excellence in impact beyond academia. Theaim is to recognise innovative forms of impact activity including reaching new audiences, communities or stakeholders. There will be one overall University Prize winner, three category winners and an Early Career Researcher Prize winner. Prizes will be awarded at an awards ceremony on the afternoon of the 6th November 2019.

Impact and Engagement Prizes

An award of £500 will be made in each of the following categories:

  • Public Policy and Practice
  • Technical and Commercial
  • Arts and Cultural

The Durham University Award for Impact and Engagement

The Durham University Award for Impact and Engagement (£1000) will be awarded to an out-standing application from those shortlisted for the category prizes.

2018 Winners

Early Career Researcher Prize for Impact and Engagement

An award of £250 will be made to a post-doctoral or PhD student who demonstrates involvement in impact and engagement activities at an early stage in their career. The Early Career Researcher Prize winner will be chosen from a shortlist of 9 applications and will be judged by a poster presentation at the awards ceremony on the 6th November 2019.

The deadline for applications is Monday 16th September 2019.

Please see the guidelines here.

The application form is available here.

Assessment Crietria is available below.

For any further information please e-mail:

Judging Criteria

The aim of the awards is to recognise innovative forms of impact and engagement activity including reaching new audiences, communities or stakeholders.

The awards seek to recognise impact and engagement work that: is of high social value, enhances cultural life or experiences, reaches new communities, instigates innovative types of activity or product, and otherwise extends the impact and engagement activity of the University. Applications need not necessarily be part of previous or anticipated Research Excellence Framework impact case studies, and may be stand-alone events.

Applications will be judged against the following criteria and scored for each on a scale between 1 and 5, where 1 is minor novelty, reach or significance and 5 is outstanding novelty, reach or significance.

Novelty and Innovation

For example: Is the interaction a new one for the University? How innovative are the activities described? Do they reach new stakeholders or communities? Do they reach/extend activity in a hard-to-reach group? Does the application involve a new product? Is there a change or new development in policy or in government action, or in professional practice?


For example: How far does the impact extend? Is it local, national, regional or international? Of the potential beneficiaries how many are impacted by the activity?


For example: How significant has the impact of the activities been? How have they changed the behaviour or thoughts of impacted stakeholders? Have they had a commercial or economic impact?