Vice Chancellor's Public Engagement with Research Awards
The Vice-Chancellor's Public Engagement with Research Awards recognise and reward those at the University of Oxford who undertake high-quality engagement activities and have contributed to building capacity in this area. They are awarded biennially, and the next call for applications will open in early 2019.
Several Medical Sciences projects have received recognition from these awards, reflecting the high quality of Public Engagement with Research carried out across the Division. Hear from our 2017 Awardees below.
CLAIRE SEXTON: EARLY CAREER RESEARCHER AWARD
Dr Claire Sexton (Department of Psychiatry) engaged the public with her research through delivering Dementia Friends information sessions and public talks and through her work as Founding Chair of Dementia Friendly Chipping Norton. The group aims to bring together people living with dementia, caregivers, community organisations and researchers to increase awareness of dementia locally and improve inclusion and quality of life.
OXFORD MARTIN SCHOOL & MUSEUM OF THE HISTORY OF SCIENCE: DEMYSTIFYING ANTIBIOTICS
Running between November 2016 and May 2017, the Back from the Dead exhibition challenged common antibiotic myths and generated new research data by surveying public understandings of antibiotics, antimicrobial resistance and attitudes towards antibiotic stewardship. Together with public events, gallery tours, arts workshops and a schools engagement programme, Back from the Dead attracted 47,796 visitors from all age and income groups from Oxfordshire and further afield.
MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY & OXFORD NEUROSCIENCE: BRAIN DIARIES
Brain Diaries is an exhibition at the Museum of Natural History, with an accompanying public event programme; online digital resources, developed in partnership with Oxford Neuroscience. The exhibition presents current understanding of the healthy brain from pre-birth to old age, while the public programme explores translational and clinical neuroscience research. The exhibition also promotes active public participation in research, enabling visitors to take part in research studies and contribute new ideas for brain investigations.