The Light of Understanding is an institution-wide Award to recognise individuals and groups who are carrying out amazing public engagement with research work. The name of the award was inspired by Sir Peter Medawar, Nobel Laureate and Alumnus of University of Birmingham, who was also a pioneer of research communication and storytelling.
The Light of Understanding Award that not only rewards brilliant work, but aims to catalyse more activity and act as a beacon to be passed to other researchers. Therefore, winners of the Light of Understanding are rewarded with a grant of £2,000 to spend on further public engagement activity that helps spread their good practice to other researchers.
All research-active staff are eligible and group submissions are acceptable, though we have a separate scheme to recognise PGRs. Nominations can be made by anyone and self nominations are encouraged, as these tend to be more detailed and well evidenced than nominations from others. Applications should demonstrate not only a body of public engagement work, but should take care to stipulate where and why the work is of excellent quality.
Nominations for the 2020 award are now Closed!!
Applications closed on 29th February and the submissions are now under review. Whilst the awarding of the prize is still likely to go ahead for 2020, it will not happen as planned on PER Day, 24 April, but we will issue communications about what will happen as soon as we are able.
If you’d like to find out more about our wonderful 2019 winners, announced at PER Day 2019 on 5th April, check out this blog post.