World-class achievements celebrated at University of Leicester

Posted by pt91 at Jul 03, 2017 10:15 AM |
University awards recognise impact of research

Issued by University of Leicester Press Office on 3 July 2017

The world-class achievements of leading academics have been celebrated at a special event at the University of Leicester where winners of its first ever Research Impact Awards were announced.

The awards recognise researchers who have made the most significant contributions to society and the economy.

The awards ceremony was held at Stamford Court and showcased the amazing impact that discoveries made here in Leicester have had around the world.

The winners in each category are:

  • Best Cultural Impact: The Centre for New Writing, Dr Corinne Fowler
  • Best Economic Impact (achieved): Professor Mark Carr, Department of Molecular and Cell Biology

  • Best Economic Impact (potential): Professor Christine Pullar, Department of Molecular and Cell Biology
  • Best Public Engagement: Dr Sally Horrocks, School of History, Politics and International Relations, and Dr Emma Parker, School of Arts

  • Best Societal Impact (achieved): Professor Andrew Wardlaw, Department of Infection, Immunity and Inflammation, and colleagues

  • Best Societal Impact (potential): Professor Martin Dyer, Department of Cancer Studies, and colleagues

  • Best International Impact: Professor Susan Page, Department of Geography

  • Special Awards were also presented to the team behind the discovery of King Richard III for the project's Outstanding Impact and Professor A H Gershlick, Honorary Professor of Interventional Cardiology, was presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award.

You can read about the winning projects here: http://www2.le.ac.uk/staff/announcements/research-impact-awards

Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research and Enterprise Professor Iain Gillespie said: “The awards night showcased some of the truly outstanding examples of research that are making a difference in the world. The judges found it incredibly difficult to choose winners from a wealth of excellent projects demonstrating impact. Huge congratulations to our winners and all the nominees.’’

President and Vice-Chancellor Professor Paul Boyle added: “The University of Leicester was founded as a living memorial to the sacrifices made in the Great War. Its foundation represented a beacon of hope for the future.

“Today, the impact of its world-leading research is realising this hope. The findings of research across medicine, science and engineering, social science, arts and humanities are transforming and enriching lives, locally, regionally and globally.”

Learn more about the awards on the Research Impact Awards’ website: http://www.researchimpactawards.co.uk/

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