Enterprise Development

The Vice Chancellor's Impact Prize


Dr Karl Malcolm, Professior Phil Scraton, Professor Sir Peter Gregson and Prfoessor Jim Swindall

The scope, ambition and success of the research portfolio at Queen’s was recognised by the first Vice-Chancellor’s Impact prizes, which were announced at the gala dinner of the Chief Executives Club in December. Ten outstanding researchers from a range of disciplines cross the University were shortlisted for work which is delivering major societal benefit. 

WINNER

Professor Phil Scraton

School of Law

The Hillsborough Independent Panel 2009-2012

Professor Scraton’s forensic analysis of the death of ninety six men, women and children in the Hillsborough disaster has led to an apology from the Prime Minister in Parliament and a review of the UK’s emergency response to disasters. His continued engagement with the families of the bereaved and approach to the analysis have set a new precedent for how governments should respond to such events.


RUNNER UP 

Dr Karl Malcolm & Professor David Woolfson

School of Pharmacy

A Microbicide Vaginal Ring to Protect Women Against HIV/AIDS

Dr Malcolm and Professor Woolfson have worked to provide a method for women to protect themselves from HIV/AIDS, the number one cause of death for women aged 14 to 44 in sub-Saharan Africa.
Their product is currently undergoing phase three clinical trials, and has the potential to save millions of lives globally. 

 

RUNNER UP

Professor Kenneth Seddon

School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering.

Mercury Removal from Natural Gas Streams.

Professor Seddon’s work with Malaysia’s Petronas has led to a new, more efficient way of removing Mercury from natural gas. The HycaPure Hg system was developed from concept to pilot operation in two years. The take up of this pioneering system will act to reduce the number of people whose health is affected by the presence of Mercury, or who are killed in incidents linked to Mercury induced damage.

Following the success of the 2012 event, the Vice-Chancellor's Impact Prize will continue in 2013, with details being announced in the Autumn.

For further information contact:

Dermot Leonard   (Phone: 0289097 3990  Email: dermot.leonard@qub.ac.uk)