engineering careers  Applications for the University of Cambridge “Public Engagement with Research” Awards Open
engineering careers  Applications for the University of Cambridge “Public Engagement with Research” Awards Open

Applications for this year’s University of Cambridge Public Engagement with Research Awards are now open.

While the awards are only open for researchers and staff at the University of Cambridge who dedicate their time and expertise to public engagement with research they showcase the very best examples of how academics are taking their research to new audiences.

To find out more about the Public Engagement with Research Awards or to apply, visit their website.

Entries for the 2017 Awards close on the 21 April 2017.

Designing Our Tomorrow – 2016 Winners

Mr Bill Nicholl and Mr Ian Hosking, Public Engagement with Research Award winners 2016

Last year’s winners included Bill Nicholl, lecturer in design technology for the Faculty of Education, and Ian Hosking, a senior research associate in the Engineering Design Centre.

The two are co-founders of Designing Our Tomorrow (DOT), a platform for transforming design and technology (D&T) education in schools.


The DOT initiative began in 2009 and brought together research around inclusive design and creativity in education.

By using the DOT box set of tools, Nicholls and Hosking have taken active research questions into the classroom and given students control of designing technological solutions.

Engagement with teachers, students and policymakers is integral to the success of the DOT initiative and has resulted in engineering design being included in the national curriculum and GSCE qualifications.

Meet the other 2016 Winners

Dr Becky Inkster, Public Engagement with Research Award winner 2016

Dr Hazel Wilkinson, Public Engagement with Research Award winner 2016

Dr Paolo Bombelli, Public Engagement with Research Award winner 2016

Dr Paul Coxon, Public Engagement with Research Award winner 2016

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