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Staff research prizes

The University annual staff research prizes recognise and reward exceptional research-related achievement in support of University and School strategic aims by a member of staff, or a team of staff. Nominations are invited each autumn term with the awards being formally presented to the selected staff by the Vice-Chancellor at the end of the University's Annual Research Competition held in December or January.

All forms of research activity which demonstrate excellence in the advancement of research are eligible for consideration. The awards made each year cover achievements in the previous academic session, although there is some flexibility around the start and end of the period since it is not always straightforward to pinpoint a date. 

Awards will be made to those deemed to have demonstrated outstanding achievement through the impact of a specific piece of work or research project. Priority will be given in particular to members of staff below the level of Reader. Staff on the Reader and Professorial grades will also be considered but in these cases the judges will be looking for evidence of achievement which is notably over and above the expected norm for an individual of this level of experience.

Submissions will be judged against the following headings:

  • Quality and impact of research - for an individual at the early stages of a research career (including academic staff, post-doctoral research fellows and research assistants).
  • Reputation enhancement resulting from the impact of the research - whether through publication of pioneering or distinguished work, and/or recognition by significant external stakeholders, and/or other means of dissemination and communication which have served to enhance the University's reputation and profile.

Applicants should briefly explain the rationale for the research and the approach undertaken. Points which may be addressed in the description of the impact of the research when completing the nomination form and supporting statement (the latter is limited to no more than 3 sides of A4) include originality and creativity in the pursuance of advancement of knowledge and understanding in the field; innovative and experimental thinking leading to new or improved ideas; the use of existing knowledge in an experimental development to produce new or substantially improved research; and details of outcomes and relevance. Evidence of the impact through reference to external sources will enhance the application.

If the nomination relates to an early-career researcher or to a team this should be made clear.

Up to five prizes of £1,000 are available annually. Prize money is transferred to an appropriate School account to be used in support of research activity by the individual or research team concerned e.g. for travel, attendance at conferences, purchase of equipment etc. This is to maximise the benefit of the award, since cash payments made to an individual are subject to tax. 

A sub-group of the University Research and Enterprise Committee will consider the nominations and agree the award of prizes and may request further information in respect of nominations. In order to retain flexibility in the light of nominations received there is no pre-determined allocation of prizes to categories.  

Nominations may be made by individuals or by Deans, Heads of Department or Centre or Associate Deans for Research and must include details of the achievement. Individuals putting themselves forward need to obtain a signature from their Dean, Head of Department or Centre or the School Associate Dean for Research.