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Vice Chancellor’s Research Prizes

The wait is over! There were extremely strong nominees for the 2021 Vice-Chancellor’s Prizes and the winners can finally be announced. There are seven categories in the suite of prizes, each aiming to recognise and reward individuals or groupings of researchers, and research support staff, at various stages of career, who demonstrate exceptional leadership in the areas of research, engagement and impact. View the videos below to learn who the winners are.

Research Culture Prize

This award is for anyone - academic or non-academic - that has made an outstanding contribution towards a more supportive, inclusive and collaborative research culture. The nominees are: Northern Ireland Multiple Sclerosis Research Network, Dr Amber Glanfield, Northern Ireland Clinical Research Facility.

Research Culture Prize

Shortlisted nominees:

  • Northern Ireland Multiple Sclerosis Research Network
  • Dr Amber Glanfield
  • Northern Ireland Clinical Research Facility

Winner: The Northern Ireland Multiple Sclerosis Research Network

Research Impact Prize

This award is for research-active staff that have undertaken projects with demonstrable impact beyond academia, as defined within wider UK HE policy. The nominees are: Northern Ireland Cerebral Palsy Register, Professor Danny McAuley – RECOVERY- Respiratory Support and Professor Marie Coleman.

Research Impact Prize

Shortlisted nominees:

  • Northern Ireland Cerebral Palsy Register
  • Professor Danny McAuley – RECOVERY- Respiratory Support
  • Professor Marie Coleman

Winner: Northern Ireland Cerebral Palsy Register and Danny McAuley – RECOVERY- Respiratory Support (Joint winners)

Research Innovation Prize

This award is for research-active staff that have undertaken pioneering research projects opening new frontiers, demonstrating novel or interdisciplinary approaches to addressing research questions. The nominees are: Stuart James - The First Porous Liquids, Michalis Matthaiou and The Biohaviour Team.

Research Innovation Prize

Shortlisted nominees: 

  • Stuart James - The First Porous Liquids
  • Michalis Matthaiou
  • The Biohaviour Team

Winner: Michalis Matthaiou

Engaged Research Prize

This award is for research-active staff or teams, including the contributions of non-academic and/or professional services staff who support research engagement activities. The nominees are: Centre for Gender in Politics, DAIRE Research Team, and Tess Maginess.

Engaged Research Prize

Shortlisted nominees:

  • Centre for Gender in Politics
  • DAIRE Research Team
  • Tess Maginess

Winner: Tess Maginess

Postdoctoral Researcher Prize

This award is for researchers on a postdoctoral research contract, who have developed a research profile demonstrating excellence. The nominees are: Alerie Guzman de la Fuente, James Reihill and Timothy Aiken.

Postdoctoral Researcher Prize

Shortlisted nominees:

  • Alerie Guzman de la Fuente
  • James Reihill
  • Timothy Aiken

Winner: Alerie Guzman de la Fuente

Early Career Researcher (ECR) Prize

This award is for researchers within five years of gaining an academic post, who have developed a research profile demonstrating excellence. The nominees are: Okan Yurduseven, Magdalena Rychlowska and Stephen McMahon.

Early Career Researcher Prize

Shortlisted nominees:

  • Okan Yurduseven
  • Magdalena Rychlowska
  • Stephen McMahon

Winners: Stephen McMahon and Okan Yurduseven (Joint winners)

Support for Research Prize

This award is for non-academic staff that have made an outstanding contribution to the pursuit of research. The nominees are: Vaughan Purnell, Karen McGeough and Paul Monaghan.

Support for Research Prize 

Shortlisted nominees:

  • Vaughan Purnell
  • Karen McGeough
  • Paul Monaghan

Winner: Vaughan Purnell

Congratulations to all the nominees and winners!