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The Social Sciences Division and the Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology received two Public Engagement with Research (PER) awards at the Vice-Chancellor’s Inaugural PER Ceremony. The awards were for LiveFriday: Social Animals, an event held in 2015, which highlighted the depth and breadth of Oxford’s social science research and its impact on people's lives across the world.

Image (l-r) Dr Alexander Sturgis (Director of the Ashmolean Museum), Dr Sam Sneddon (Assistant Registrar (Research), Social Sciences Division)), Professor Roger Goodman (Head of the Social Sciences Division), Professor Louise Richardson (Vice-Chancellor of the University of Oxford)Aileen Marshall-Brown (Research Impact Facilitator, Social Sciences Division) and Susan MacCormack (Director of Public Engagement, Ashmolean Museum).

Social Animals consisted of live performances and workshops that presented cutting-edge research from across the Division and attracted an audience of over 4500.

The panel received 84 entries and announced 12 winners across three categories - Projects, Early Career Researchers, and Building Capacity.

At the inaugural ceremony the Division and the Ashmolean Museum were chosen as the overall Public Engagement winner. In addition, the Division and the Ashmolean Museum received the Building Capacity PER award, which recognises work to encourage, facilitate and support high quality Public Engagement with Research.

In the PER Projects category a number of departmental projects also won awards:

  • Learning from the Masters: the Great Box Project
    Professor Laura Peers, Pitt Rivers Museum and School of Anthropology and Museum Ethnography
  • Refugee Economies: forced Displacement and Development (part of the Humanitarian Innovation Project (HIP)
    Professor Alexander Betts, Refugee Studies Centre, Department of International Development 
  • Archeox: East Oxford - One history or many 
    Professor David Griffiths, Department of Continuing Education

Commenting on the Divisions success, Professor Roger Goodman, Head of the Social Sciences Division, said: ‘This is testament to the hard work of many individuals in both the Social Sciences Divisional Office and the Ashmolean, to the seventy-plus academics who showcased their social science research, ideas and methods on the night, and, of course, the 4500 members of the public who helped transform the Ashmolean into a truly magical space one evening in May 2015. I would especially like to pay tribute to Aileen Marshall-Brown, Sam Sneddon and Susan MacCormack who were the inspiration behind the project.’