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About the President's Awards for Excellence in Societal Engagement

Nominations for the 2019 President's Awards for Excellence in Societal Engagement are now open and will close at midnight on Friday 8 February 2019. 

The winners of these awards have gone above and beyond their day-to-day responsibilities to deliver inspiring engagement activities. In addition, the Leadership category celebrates individuals who have supported other staff and students in their own engagement endeavours, and the President’s Medal is awarded to an individual whose engagement activities have been truly outstanding.

There are five awards available: the President's Medal for Societal Engagement; the Achievement Award for Societal Engagement; the Leadership Award for Societal Engagement; the Inspirational Partner Award for Societal Engagement and the Student Award for Societal Engagement.

All nominations should be underpinned by an aspiration to better connect the work of Imperial and our research with society. The awards recognise achievement in the following areas:

  • Improving the learning opportunities of less-advantaged young people, as part of our widening participation and schools engagement aims
  • Engaging the public with research, through a process of two-way engagement
  • Working in close partnership with local community and/or patient groups in response to a social and/or research challenge

Past winners

Annalisa with pupils

Fantastic outreach work recognised in 2018

Find out why Annalisa Alexander, Head of Outreach at Imperial, was awarded the President’s Medal for Excellence in Societal Engagement

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The inaugural award winners

From time travelling operating theatres to a pop-up heart and lung repair shop, read about the winners of the first ever President’s Awards for Excellence in Societal Engagement.

Student and elderly member of the community

Student-led project wins in 2018

Learn more about What the Tech? the project run by 2018 winners the Dean’s Student Advisory Council, which connects Imperial students with older people in west London.

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Ishita Marwah

Student winner 2018

Ishita Marwah’s work has helped the public understand tuberculosis – and receiving the award has given her ‘a major confidence boost’. Read more.

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Students win big in 2017 awards

Two of the five President’s Awards were given to students of the CDT in Theory and Simulation of Materials in 2017. Read on to hear about how Beth Rice and the Pint of Science team won. 

Austin Burt

2017 – all the winners

From Austin Burt’s inspiring malaria-control projects to a Brixton-based science club for girls, read up on the 2017 winners.