Winners announced for Innovation and Impact Awards 2020!


Winners of the Innovation and Impact Awards 2020 were announced on Thursday 6 February during a gala ceremony at the Sainsbury Centre, hosted by Karen Jones, Chancellor.

These awards celebrate both students and staff who display a strong commitment to innovation and impact, as well as recognising the ongoing collaborations between UEA and external organisations. The awards ceremony was attended by finalists and their guests, UEA staff and external collaborators. Guests enjoyed a sumptuous three-course meal as well as networking drinks before the awards were presented by local businesses and organisations who frequently collaborate with UEA.  

A keynote speech was delivered by Prof Ben Garrod, UEA professor and award-winning broadcaster. Ben delivered an entertaining and illuminating talk, touching on his experiences witnessing innovative research in the chimp world before moving on to highlight the breadth of research here at UEA.  



The evening was a great success and provided an excellent opportunity to highlight the incredible work that goes on at UEA beyond academia.  


The winners are:  

Award for Student or Graduate Innovation and Enterprise 

Presented by Mary Schofield, Lovewell Blake  

James Rogers and Callum Coombes for Safepoint  

George Bailey (ECO) for Coral Eyewear 


Outstanding Commercialisation of Research 

Presented by Dr Soraya Jones, Former first CEO of Cambridge Wireless and UEA Innovation Advisory Board member  

Dr Bryan Maddox (EDU) for Assessment Micro-Analytics Ltd.


Outstanding Impact in Health, Wellbeing and Welfare  

Presented by Clarke Willis MBE, Food Enterprise Park 

Prof Helen Murphy (MED) for Continuous Glucose Monitoring in Women with Type 1 Diabetes in Pregnancy Trial (CONCEPTT) 


Outstanding Impact in Policy and Practice 

Presented by Jeanette Wheeler, Birketts 

Prof Toby James (PPL) for Strengthening Electoral Integrity and Management  


Outstanding Social or Cultural Impact 

Presented by Dr Chris Gribble, National Centre for Writing 

Prof Nicholas Vincent (HIS) for Magna Carta 


Consultancy Project of the Year:  

Presented by Jamie Thums, Lintott Control Systems Limited 

Dr Aram Saeed (PHA) for Development of Innovative 3D Printing Strategies for Next Generation Intraocular Lens for Treatment of Cataracts  


Partnership of the Year:  

Presented by Glen Webster, Barclays 

Prof Gareth Thomas (LAW) for The UEA Law Clinic 


Chancellor's Award for Outstanding Achievement:  

Presented by Karen Jones, Chancellor, UEA 

Prof Max Bachmann (MED) for Improving the Quality of Primary Health Care for Communicable and Non-communicable Diseases in Low and Middle Income Countries 


To find out more about each project watch the finalist videos here.  


Each finalist received a trophy as well as certificates for those involved. The winner of each category also receiving funding towards their project to help further its impact potential. 

Once again, we would like to congratulate our winners, finalists and all who entered this year for their incredible achievements.  

We would also like to thank the judges for their time, thoughtful insight and invaluable contribution.

Judging Panel:

Prof Fiona Lettice, Pro-Vice Chancellor for Research & Innovation (Chair) 

Helen Lewis, Director of Research & Innovation 

Prof Laura Bowater, Director of Innovation 

Dr Jon Carter, Head of Innovation 

Julia Sheldrake, Head of Research 

Prof Claire Jowitt, Associate Dean for Research (HUM) 

Prof Keith Johnston, Associate Dean for Innovation (HUM) 

Prof Michael Hornberger, Associate Dean for Innovation (FMH) 

Prof Konstantinos Chalvatzis, Associate Dean for Innovation (SSF) 

Prof Brian Reid, Associate Dean for Innovation (SCI) 

Glen Webster, Barclays 

Lorna Willis, Archant



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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 Commercialisation of Research

This prize will recognise the outstanding commercial use of research. 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.) 


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 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.


Award for Student or 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.

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.

Partnership of the Year

This award recognises UEA staff who have made a collaboration/collaborations with organisations of all sizes and sectors that has resulted in an outstanding commercial, social, health or cultural impact beyond academia.


In addition, the Chancellor's Award for Outstanding Achievement is selected by the judging panel from all entries to every category.