A big thank you to our presenters and all of you who joined us in this year’s very first virtual Festival of Research. Despite the challenges of the Festival being online, we hope that we successfully delivered a programme which reflects the rich diversity of research conducted by our researcher community, as well as offering a digital forum to discuss ideas, create connections and share best practice. Again, thank you to all who contributed.
The Festival concluded on Thursday 21st May with the inaugural Research Culture Awards Ceremony, led by Professor Rachel Norman. This was an occasion to celebrate colleagues who have positively contributed to our researcher environment across the University. We received a fantastic response, with over 60 nominations across the 6 categories and a huge congratulations goes to everyone who was nominated. A Highly Commended Award was given to the top three nominees in each category as follows:
Best Research Leader: Dr Tessa Parkes, Prof Margaret Maxwell, Dr Kim Barker
Best ECR: Dr Melanie Lovatt, Ms Lynn Gilmour and Dr Line Caes
Best Collaborator: Dr Valerie Drew, Dr Pete Coffee, Miss Sarah Bromage
Best Mentor: Prof Kirstein Rummery, Prof Eddie Duncan, Dr Rachel Crockett
Best Activity which enhances the research environment: Stirling Crucible (Dr Katharine Reibig), Qualitative Methods Group (Dr Carina Hibberd), Writing Retreats (Dr Maureen Michael)
Best Support from Professional Services: RIS Funding Team, Donna MacKendrick, Zaneta Ulozeviciute.
The judging panel also recognised the special efforts of two additional categories: Individuals Nominated across several categories with awards going to Dr Sandy Brownlee and Prof Helen Cheyne; and Teams Nominated across several categories with awards going to NMAHP, Psychology and Sport.
Festival of Research is a series of events during the year to showcase the diversity of research at the University of Stirling, to spark discussion surrounding research and current challenges, and to encourage interdisciplinary collaboration. If you would like to contribute to our future Festival event/s and have any ideas you wish to share with us, then we would like to hear from you at email@example.com.
We are keen to hear how we got on and what we could do to improve, so please contact the Institute for Advanced Studies team at firstname.lastname@example.org with your comments and feedback.