Winners of the inaugural Innovation and Impact Awards were announced on 1 February at the Sainsbury Centre. The awards celebrated staff and students who have shown a strong commitment to innovation and impact, and recognised collaborations between UEA and organisations outside higher education.
Finalists, UEA staff, guests, and external organisations, including Adnams, Anglian Water, Barclays, EDP, IBM, Innovate UK, Marsh, New Anglia LEP, and Norwich City Council, attended for networking drinks, a three-course meal, and presentation of the awards.
The awards ceremony was hosted by Chancellor Karen Jones CBE, who spoke passionately about the importance of innovation and enterprise at UEA and fostering relationships with external collaborators to further ensure impact beyond academia.
The winners for the award categories were as follows:
Outstanding Impact in Policy and Practice
Presented by: Chris Sargisson, Norfolk Chamber of Commerce
Prof Andy Jordan, Dr Tim Rayner and Brendan Moore (Tyndall Centre, ENV): Europe, the UK and the Natural Environment: Impacting the EU Referendum and the Brexit process
Outstanding Commercialisation of Technology
Presented by: Glen Webster, Barclays
Prof Douglas Yu (BIO) and Dr Kat Bruce: NatureMetrics
Outstanding Social or Cultural Impact
Presented by: Brenda Arthur, Norfolk and Norwich Festival
Henry Sutton, Dr Laura Joyce and Dr Sara Helen Binney (LDC): Crime Pays: Bringing Noir to Norwich
Outstanding Impact in Health, Wellbeing and Welfare
Presented by: Howard Partridge, Innovate UK
Dr John Ford, Prof Andy Jones and Prof Nicholas Steel (MED): Improving Access for All: Reducing inequalities in access to General Practice services
ESRC Impact Accelerator Account Award
Presented by: Brian Horner, Chair of ESRC IAA External Advisory Board
Dr Derwin Gregory (HIS): Operation WALBEA: What the Americans Left Behind in East Anglia
Award for Student or Graduate Innovation & Enterprise
Presented by: Lucy Marks, Norfolk Network
Paul Donati and Lottie Michael (LAW): Catching a Fish in Norway (CAFIN)
Consultancy Project of the Year
Presented by: Salena Dawson, Federation of Small Businesses
Dr Michael Wormstone (BIO): Improving Cataract Surgery Outcomes
SME Collaboration of the Year
Presented by: Jacyn Heavens, Epos Now
Liz Rix (SAF): Science Analytical Facility
UEA Innovation Fellows
Presented by: Prof Fiona Lettice & Prof David Richardson, UEA
Prof Graham Finlayson (CMP)
Prof David Russell (CHE)
Fiona Lettice, UEA’s Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research and Innovation, said: “The impact that UEA staff, students and alumni have on society, culture and the economy is truly incredible. We had many worthy nominations in all of the award categories and the level of innovation was high, causing the judging panel much deliberation.
“These awards celebrate and showcase UEA’s pioneering research and innovation, which makes a positive difference locally, nationally and internationally, by addressing global challenges and by influencing policy and practice across a wide range of sectors and communities.”
Each category winner has received funding towards a marketing venture for their project, which will be shared soon.
A huge congratulations to all of our finalists- keep your eyes peeled for more information about applying for next year’s awards.
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Photos from the event are available here and below (for desktop and laptop users):