We are delighted to announce the finalists for the Innovation and Impact Awards 2019. The response this year was fantastic and all of the entries were very strong, highlighting some of the best and most groundbreaking UEA projects. Therefore, we would like to offer our enthusiastic congratulations to all who applied and to this year’s finalists in particular.

The judging panel has selected three finalists from each of the seven awards categories, who will be invited to the second annual awards ceremony and three-course meal at the Sainsbury Centre on Thursday 31 January. All of the finalists will receive a trophy and feature in the Innovation and Impact Awards 2019 brochure. The overall winner of each award, which will be announced on the night, will also receive a budget to produce a professional video or other marketing venture, with the support of RIN.



The finalists for the Innovation and Impact Awards 2019 are:


Award for Student or Graduate Innovation & Enterprise

Jack Lowe (DEV alum) – Curious Directive

Jesse Onslow Norton / Lauren Razavi (PPL / LDC alum) – Norwich Sharing City

Dr Oskar Wendowski (PHA alum) – e-surgery


Outstanding Commercialisation of Technology

Prof Steve Dorling (ENV) – Weatherquest

Dr Jelena Gavrilovic / Dr Damon Bevan (BIO) – Norwich Skin Platform

Dr Sheng Qi (PHA) – Technology solutions for treating diseases


Outstanding Impact in Health, Wellbeing and Welfare

Prof Laura Biggart (PSY) – Emotional resilience training at work

Dr Karen Bunning (HSC) – Childhood disability in rural Kenya

Callum Coombes (CMP – alum) – Safepoint


Outstanding Impact in Policy and Practice

Prof Kevin Hiscock / Prof Andrew Lovett (ENV) – Wensum Demonstration Test Catchment (DTC)

Prof David Mead (LAW) – The respect and enforcement of human rights in the UK

Dr Martin Scott (DEV) – The Humanitarian Journalism research project


Outstanding Social or Cultural Impact

Dr Eylem Atakav (AMA) – Growing up married

Nathan Hamilton (IIH) / Dr Philip Langeskov (LDC) – The Publishing Project

Dr Tim Snelson (AMA) – Archive service accreditation East Anglian Film Archive (EAFA)


ESRC Impact Accelerator Account Award

Dr Andrew Mayes (CHE) – Microplastic detection


SME Collaboration of the Year

Matthew Bennett (SCI) – SmartCondensing

Dr Brian Reid (ENV) – Safer Agrochemicals

Sync The City (NBS / CCEN / external collaborators)


Consultancy Project of the Year

Prof Ric Fordham (MED) – Health economics and clinical outcomes modelling solution associated with falls prevention

Dr Guy Peryer (HSC) – Expanding community involvement in palliative and end of life care

Prof Rachel Warren (ENV / TYN) – Impacts of Climate Change


Congratulations to all of the finalists, we look forward to celebrating with you at the awards ceremony!



We would also like to thank the judges for their time and for their invaluable contribution to the Innovation and Impact Awards.

Judging panel for the Innovation and Impact Awards 2019:


Prof Fiona Lettice, Pro-Vice Chancellor for Research & Innovation (Chair)

Prof Laura Bowater, Academic Director for Innovation

Dr Jon Carter, Head of Innovation, RIN

Prof Konstantinos Chalvatzis, Associate Dean for Innovation, SSF

Prof Claire Jowitt, Associate Dean for Research, HUM

Prof Ted Turocy, Associate Dean Research, SSF

Julia Warner, Head of Research, RIN

Glen Webster, Barclays, Area Business Manager




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Outstanding Impact in Policy and Practice 

This prize recognises Impacts of research and innovation where the beneficiaries may include government, non-governmental organisations, charities and public sector organisation and society, either as a whole or groups of individuals in society. It could include changes in professional guidance or training, direct changes in policy (or the prevention of change), the way in which options and/or evidence are viewed or evaluated by policy makers or increased efficiency in services.

Outstanding Commercialisation of Technology

This prize will recognise the outstanding use and exploitation of technology. As well as recognising for-profit business and consultancy, this category also recognises social enterprises that can demonstrate community based innovations. Impacts could include direct contribution to an individual business, sector or group of enterprises, economic growth, and innovation or change in management practices/structures or through the growth and utilisation of new skills. Impact could be achieved through any of the following means:
– Research collaborations funded by industry or social enterprises
– Commercial licensing of intellectual property to industry
– Creation of a start-up company to exploit the intellectual property
(Please note: Any ‘commercial in confidence’ material in the application should be marked as such.)

Outstanding Social or Cultural Impact

This award recognises the significant contribution of research and innovation to a specific group, wider society or cultural institution, promoting awareness and tolerance. This category could include media coverage associated with demonstrable changes in public perception or prompting debate, increased turnover for a cultural institution or sector in relation to a research-led event, or a change in creative or curatorial practice resulting from a research-led exercise or exhibition; or public engagement activity

Outstanding Impact in Health, Wellbeing and Welfare

This prize recognises Impacts of research or innovations where the beneficiaries are individuals and groups whose quality of life has been enhanced (or potential harm mitigated). This could include a change in practice or guidance that can be traced to real-world improvements in outcomes, reduction in costs or a change in behaviour at a local, national or international scale. Where possible, impact should be quantified in financial, survival or similar terms.

Award for Student or Graduate Innovation and Enterprise 

This prize recognises an outstanding student innovation or enterprise venture that originated at UEA. This prize will recognise both business and social enterprise. The applicant leading the project must be a current student or have graduated from UEA within the last three years

Consultancy Project of the Year

This award recognises an outstanding consultancy project that can clearly demonstrate a commercial, social, health or cultural impact beyond academia

SME Collaboration of the Year

This award recognises UEA staff who have made a collaboration/collaborations with an SME that has resulted in an outstanding commercial, social, health or cultural impact beyond academia.


In addition, the ESRC Impact Accelerator Account Award will be selected by the judging panel from all entries to the impact and commercialisation categories.

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