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Innovation and Impact Awards 2018

The finalists for the inaugural Innovation and Impact Awards have now been announced.

The awards celebrate staff and students who have shown a strong commitment to innovation and impact, and recognise collaborations between UEA and organisations outside higher education.

Three finalists for each category will attend the awards dinner on Thursday 1 February at the Sainsbury Centre, where the winners will be announced. Every finalist will receive a trophy, and winners will also receive funding towards a promotional video for their project.

The Finalists

Outstanding Social or Cultural Impact

Prof Steven Hooper and Dr Karen Jacobs (SRU):  Fijian Arts

Prof Lyndsey Stonebridge and Dr Becky Taylor (HIS):  Refugee History

Henry Sutton, Dr Laura Joyce and Dr Sara Helen Binney (LDC): Crime Pays: Bringing Noir to Norwich.


Outstanding Impact in Policy and Practice

Dr Toby James and Leontine Loeber (PPL): Improving Electoral Integrity and Democratic Participation through Electoral Administration and Management

Prof Andy Jordan, Brendan Moore and Dr Tim Rayner (Tyndall Centre, ENV):  Europe, the UK and the Natural Environment: Impacting the EU Referendum and the Brexit Process

Dr Nikos Skoutaris (LAW): Can Scotland and Northern Ireland Remain in the EU?


Outstanding Impact in Health, Wellbeing and Welfare

Dr John Ford, Prof Andy Jones and Prof Nicholas Steel (MED): Improving Access for All: Reducing inequalities in access to general practice services

Dr Lee Hooper (MED): Recognising Dehydration in Older People

Prof David Russell (CHE) and Prof Rob Field (JIC): Iceni Diagnostics Ltd.


Outstanding Commercialisation of Technology

Dr Aldina Franco (ENV): Movetech Telemetry

Dr Justin O’Grady (MED): Pathogen DNA enrichment for Next Generation Sequencing based diagnostics

Prof Douglas Yu (BIO) and Dr Kat Bruce: NatureMetrics.


The ESRC Impact Accelerator Account Award will be selected from all entries to the above categories.


Consultancy Project of the Year

Dr Charles Brearley and Dr Hayley Whitfield (BIO): Improving Animal Nutrition through Targeted Analytical Science

Prof Richard Fordham, Dr Christopher Skedgel, Dr Georgios Xydopoulos, and Krisnali Parsekar (MED): Home Blood Pressure Monitoring in a Hypertensive Pregnant Population: Cost Effectiveness Analysis

Dr Michael Wormstone (BIO): Improving success rates in the surgical treatment of cataract.


SME Collaboration of the Year

Dr Alfonso Avila-Merino (NBS), Sean Clark and John Fagan (SyncNorwich): Sync the City

Prof Andrew Fearne (NBS): Who Buys My Food?

Liz Rix (SCI): Science Analytical Facility.


Award for Student or Graduate Innovation and Enterprise

Paul Donati: Catching a Fish in Norway

Michelle Sewell: HACK Theatre

Dennison Smith: The Baldwin Gallery.


Innovation and Impact Award Categories Innovation and Impact Award Categories

Outstanding Impact in Policy and Practice 

This prize recognises Impacts of research and innovation where the beneficiaries may include government, non-governmental organisations, charities and public sector organisation and society, either as a whole or groups of individuals in society. It could include changes in professional guidance or training, direct changes in policy (or the prevention of change), the way in which options and/or evidence are viewed or evaluated by policy makers or increased efficiency in services.


Outstanding Impact in Health, Wellbeing and Welfare

This prize recognises Impacts of research or innovations where the beneficiaries are individuals and groups whose quality of life has been enhanced (or potential harm mitigated). This could include a change in practice or guidance that can be traced to real-world improvements in outcomes, reduction in costs or a change in behaviour at a local, national or international scale. Where possible, impact should be quantified in financial, survival or similar terms.

Outstanding Social or Cultural Impact

This award recognises the significant contribution of research and innovation to a specific group, wider society or cultural institution, promoting awareness and tolerance. This category could include media coverage associated with demonstrable changes in public perception or prompting debate, increased turnover for a cultural institution or sector in relation to a research-led event, or a change in creative or curatorial practice resulting from a research-led exercise or exhibition; or public engagement activity


Outstanding Commercialisation of Technology

This prize will recognise the outstanding use and exploitation of technology. As well as recognising for-profit business and consultancy, this category also recognises social enterprises that can demonstrate community based innovations. Impacts could include direct contribution to an individual business, sector or group of enterprises, economic growth, and innovation or change in management practices/structures or through the growth and utilisation of new skills. Impact could be achieved through any of the following means:
- Research collaborations funded by industry or social enterprises
- Commercial licensing of intellectual property to industry
- Creation of a start-up company to exploit the intellectual property
(Please note: Any ‘commercial in confidence’ material in the application should be marked as such.) 

Consultancy Project of the Year

This award recognises an outstanding consultancy project that can clearly demonstrate a commercial, social, health or cultural impact beyond academia

SME Collaboration of the Year

This award recognises a collaboration between UEA and an SME that has resulted in an outstanding commercial, social, health or cultural impact beyond academia.

Special Award for Student/Graduate Innovation and Enterprise 

This prize recognises an outstanding student innovation or enterprise venture that originated at UEA. This prize will recognise both business and social enterprise. The applicant leading the project must be a current student or have graduated from UEA within the last three years