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Durham University Impact and Engagement Awards 2019

A huge congratulations to our winners and those who were highly commended at our 2019 Impact and Engagement Awards.

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.


University impact award winner:

Prof. Clare McGlynn- Durham Law School

Criminalising rape pornography and image-based sexual abuse

Research by Prof. McGlynn and colleagues has shaped new laws criminalising Extreme Pornography and Image Based Sexual Abuse - transforming victims’ lives & protecting us all by challenging perpetrators’ abusive behaviours

Policy and practice category winner

Prof. Laurence Ferry - Department of Theology and Religion

Changing Audit and Inspection in English Local Government – A Nudge towards Value for Money and Fairness.

In the ‘new’ decade of renewal after austerity, public audit of local government must serve the public interest for a prosperity playbook. This is not only looking at what was spent (financial stewardship), but what was got for the spending in terms of Value for Money (VfM - economy, efficiency and effectiveness) and fairness in society (equity).

Technical and commercial category winner

Prof. David Selby - Department of Earth Sciences

A Novel Geochemical Tool that supports Petroleum and Mineral Industry exploration

Durham University research has delivered a geochemical tool that delivers more accurate geological models to both petroleum and mineral industries and permits improved reserve estimates, reduced exploration budgets and minimises the environmental impacts of exploration.

Arts and cultural category winner

Dr Alex Flynn - Department of Anthropology

Activating the Arts: Sustainable development through Cartonera publishing

How can the arts change people’s lives? Cartonera is a Latin American community publishing movement through which people tell their own story by making their own book. From a women’s prison to an indigenous community in Mexico, from a recycling cooperative to rural schools in Brazil, Activating the Arts shows how people seize their own narratives, responding to questions of social and environmental justice.


Arts and cultural category – highly commended

Prof. Robin Coningham - Department of Archaeology

Piloting the role of Tilaurakot’s new regional museum as a visitor and community asset in Nepal.

Prof. Santiago Fouz Hernández - School of Modern Languages and Culture

The Bigas Luna Tribute

Dr Sarah McLusky - Institute of Medical Humanities

Catch Your Breath Writer-in-Residence Programme

Prof. Barbara Ravelhofer - Department of English Studies

Souls of the North – a series of public events by Records of Early English Drama North-East


Technical and commercial category – highly commended

Dr. Charlotte Adams and team - Durham Energy Institute

Heat mining: decarbonising heat using abandoned coal mines

Prof. Sue Black and team TechUp - Department of Computer Science

TechUP Women

Prof. Toby Breckon - Department of Computer Science

Driverless Cars – a technology being driven to a street near you

Dr Phil Heron - Department of Earth Sciences

Think Like A Scientist


Policy and practice category – highly commended

Dr. Hannah Bows - Durham Law School

Violence Against Older People

Prof. Deidre McCann - Durham Law School

Decent Work Regulation: Global Dialogue/Local Innovation

Prof. Nayanika Mookherjee - Department of Anthropology

Ethics of Documenting Sexual Violence during Conflict

Dr. Andreas Pantazatos - Department of Philosophy

Care4Heritage Practice


Early career researcher award

Natasha Boulding and team - Department of Chemistry

Plastech Innovation – from bottle caps to concrete, a student spin-out