Awards celebrate research and innovation at Swansea University

From diagnosing life-threatening diseases, revolutionising the construction industry and preventing suicide and self-harm through to giving older people housing options, protecting children’s human rights and upskilling rural Indian fishing communities; the astonishing range of research carried out at Swansea University was in the spotlight at the 2018 Research and Innovation Awards.

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Researchers from across the University’s seven Colleges were invited to submit nominations, with almost 90 received, spread over the ten award categories.  Each application exemplified the quality, relevance and positive global impact of Swansea University’s research and its potential to inspire. 

Swansea University Vice-Chancellor Professor Richard B Davies said:

"We are celebrating the distinctive Swansea University emphasis upon making a difference.  We are showcasing the wide range of exceptional research and innovation taking place at Swansea University, and the impact this is having across the world.  Much of this is as a direct result of our collaborations with private and public-sector organisations, and I would like to take this opportunity to thank all our partners.”

The winners were announced at a ceremony at Swansea University’s Great Hall on 21 June where the Secretary of State for Wales, Alun Cairns delivered a keynote speech.

Mr Cairns said: 

“It has been a pleasure to spend the day with Swansea University, launching the UK’s first energy positive office in the morning, meeting with a wide range of research staff in the afternoon and then learning about the ground-breaking research and innovation taking place at the University at the Research and Innovation Awards 2018.

“What is most impressive and shines through in the research and innovation activities on display at the University, is what can be achieved when universities, industries and government all work together to tackle some of the biggest challenges facing our world today.

“On behalf of the UK Government, I would like to thank and sincerely congratulate all those who took part in Swansea University’s Research and Innovation Awards, and very much look forward to hearing news of their progress over the months and years to come.”

Prior to announcing the winning entries, guests from industry, academia, third sector, funding bodies and Government were treated to a presentation on tracking a one trillion tonne iceberg by Professor Adrian Luckman from Swansea University.  Adrian was joined by Jonathan Amos, BBC’s Science correspondent, who spoke about how the story captured the attention of a global audience when Swansea University’s news of a rift in the Larsen C Ice shelf first broke.

The ten award winners, with the sponsors supporting them, were:

  1. Outstanding Research & Innovation Collaboration (Compound Semiconductor) Centre): The Active Classroom
  2. Outstanding Global Reach & Significance (IQE plc): Griffiths-Wang Group
  3. Outstanding Contribution to Public Engagement (MHA Broomfield Alexander): Technocamps
  4. Outstanding Impact on Health & Well Being (Geldards LLP): Health and Wellbeing Academy
  5. Outstanding Impact on Industry, Commerce and Innovation (Development Bank of Wales): UK Fish for UK Waters - Better Cleaner Fish
  6. Outstanding Contribution to the Arts, Culture and Society (City & County of Swansea Council): PACONDAA
  7. Outstanding Contribution to Shaping the University's Research & Innovation Community (Wernick Buildings): REIS Project Services Team
  8. Outstanding Research Supervision (Crimson Consultants): Professor Jim Milton
  9. R&I Rising Star - Post Graduate (IP Group Plc): 2 winners - Sarah Hughes and Kuttimani Tamilmani
  10. R&I Rising star - Early Career (Tata Steel): Dr Lella Nouri

Ceri Jones, Director of Research, Engagement & Innovation Services (REIS) at Swansea University said:

“We are exceptionally grateful to the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), whose funding for the University’s Impact Acceleration Account has helped further strengthen the reach of our impact, and to all of our sponsors, without whom, these awards would not be possible.

"REIS is extremely proud to have organised this year’s Research and Innovation Awards. The quality, quantity and diversity of research and innovation from across Swansea University, being carried out at the highest possible level, never ceases to amaze.

“I would encourage anyone looking to collaborate with the University to join our new collaborative network - Swansea University: LINC.  This is a fantastic pathway to meet our colleagues and to learn more about the opportunities we can provide for business and industry.”