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A celebration of how social sciences are making a difference

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Impact Champion

Dr Rachel Condry, Centre for Criminology, University of Oxford

Forging public awareness and developing policy responses to adolescent to parent violence

Dr Condry created the first and only (to date) large-scale study of adolescent to parent violence (APV) in the UK, and provided systematic evidence of the size and scale of the problem. Guidance created for the Home Office based on the research has now also been used by statutory and voluntary agencies across to the UK, leading to changes in local practice.


Excellence in Impact Award Winners

Professor Abigail Adams and Professor Jeremias Prassl, Department of Economics and Faculty of Law, University of Oxford

Access to Justice and the Economics of the Rule of Law

Research by Prof. Adams and Prof. Prassl was instrumental in the overturning of employment tribunal fees at the Supreme Court. Adams, an economist, and Prassl, a lawyer, had explored whether adverse economic barriers could constitute a barrier to justice in UK and EU law. They collaborated directly with the senior barristers on the case, which was won in July 2017.


Professor Lucie Cluver & the Young Carers team, Department of Social Policy & Intervention, University of Oxford

Making Impact Matter for Vulnerable Adolescents Across Sub-Saharan Africa

Professor Cluver and team have used their research to demonstrate that a combination of economics and social support (‘Cash plus Care’) in Sub-Saharan Africa has a strong impact on reducing adolescent HIV risk behaviours. Partners including UNICEF, USAID, the World Bank and governments are now supporting the roll-out of this programme, benefitting 2 million adolescent girls.


Dr Weizi Li, Henley Business School, University of Reading

Integrated healthcare information system for medical and care quality improvement

Dr Li’s research on information sharing and integration has led to a collaboration with senior hospital managers in China to develop and implement and integrated data platform. Since the first pilots, the platform has become a digital health company and is listed on the Chinese stock exchange. The platform has reduced medical errors, waiting and enquiry times, and duration of stay for inpatients.


Early Career Impact Champion

Dr Shona Minson, Centre for Crimonology, University of Oxford

Safeguarding Children when Sentencing Mothers

Dr Minson has brought significant attention to the need to consider children whose mothers are imprisoned: her research has shown how little they are considered at sentencing. She has produced films and briefing papers which have been embedded across the justice system and had led to changes in sentencing processes, as well as outcomes in individual cases.

About the Awards

The O2RB Excellence in Impact Awards are an opportunity for members of the University of Oxford, the Open UniversityReading and Oxford Brookes Universities (O2RB) to come together to recognise and reward the successes of social sciences researchers who have achieved, or are currently achieving, excellent economic and societal impacts. 

A prize of £5,000 was awarded to the overall Impact Champion(s), with three other winners awarded £2,500 each. There was also a special prize for Early Career Impact Champion of £2,500. The awards ceremony took place at St Anne's College on the evening of Thursday 19 April 2018, following the daytime impact conference. 

These 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). For the very first time, these awards brings together the research communities in the partner universities, to celebrate and share their collective successes.


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These awards have been made possible through the generous support of the University of Oxford ESRC Impact Acceleration Account, with in-kind support from the four partner universities. We also thank Taylor and Francis for their kind sponsorship of the awards ceremony.

Contact us

For more information about the O2RB Excellence in Impact Awards, please contact your local support in the first instance:

  • University of Oxford | Francesca Richards or Aileen Marshall-Brown, Research & Impact Team, Social Sciences Division, 01865 614873/01865 614881
  • The Open University | Rebecca Coatswith, Research Impact Manager, 01908 858277
  • Oxford Brookes University | Dana Vilistere, Research Impact Officer, 01865 484197
  • University of Reading |Alison McAnena, Research Impact Officer (Prosperity and Resilience)

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