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We are delighted to announce that 33 applications have been received for the ‘Excellence in Impact Awards’, and they will now be judged ahead of April’s ‘Making a Difference: Social Sciences and Impact’ Conference.

Impact conference 2018

The awards provide an opportunity to recognise and reward the successes of social sciences researchers who have already achieved, or are currently achieving, excellent economic and societal impacts. The 33 applications have been received from 17 departments and faculties from the University of Oxford, the Open University, the University of Reading and Oxford Brookes University.

A prize of £5,000 will be awarded to the overall Impact Champion(s), with three other winners awarded £2,500 each. There will also be a special prize for Early Career Impact Champion of £2,500.

The awards ceremony will take place at St Anne's College on the evening of Thursday 19 April 2018, directly after the ‘Making a Difference’ conference.

Aileen Marshall Brown, Senior Research Impact Facilitator for the Social Sciences Division, said, ‘The conference will be a great opportunity to explore innovative social sciences impact projects, methods, and insights, which we hope will inform and inspire others, as well as providing some practical skills and guidance on planning and implementing impact. It is shaping up to be a great opportunity to share impact learning from multiple perspectives, and help researchers build confidence and direction in making plans for the future.

‘We are delighted with the range of projects nominated for the Excellence in Impact Awards and are very much looking forward to recognizing and celebrating the diverse and creative ways in which social sciences researchers are making a difference in the world.'

The prizes are part of our collaborative efforts to build and strengthen regional partnerships for impact through our Economic and Social Research Council Impact Acceleration Account (ESRC IAA).

If you would like to attend the conference on Thursday 19 April you can find out more here.