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Staff Awards - Science and Engineering Day 2016

Recognition for staff and students involved in Science & Engineering Day 2016 

Following our best ever Science & Engineering Day on Saturday 12 March, staff and students from the large (750 strong) and varied team who contributed to the event gathered at a celebratory party and awards evening. Congratulations go to the many individuals and teams who were nominated by the public, fellow organisers, contributors and volunteers; from these nominations, the following exceptional contributions to the event were recognised:


Best Activity (by public/visitor vote) - the Mars Bar Bridge Building Challenge

The Bridge Building Challenge
The Bridge Building Challenge

Runner-up Best Activity (by public/visitor vote) - the Wind Tunnels

R J Mitchell Wind Tunnel
R J Mitchell Wind Tunnel
Icarus Wingsuits
Icarus Wingsuit Project with Portable Wind Tunnel

Best Communicator Award

Ian Tinkler (Chemistry), noiminated for his 'dedication to education and natural ability to engage'

The Accelerate! team (Physics and Astronomy), nominated for 'brilliant commuincation with their interactive particle physics show'

The Accelerate! Show
The Accelerate! Show

Student Ambassador Award

Natalie Hargrave and Nicola Doley, nominated for being 'welcoming, approachable, capable and helpful ... [taking] an overview of what was going on and managing the flow of people with ease'

Volunteer Award

Andy Giles (Engineering and the Environment), nominated for being 'unfailingly positive and helpful' and that 'his contribution to the success of SOTSEF is incalculable'

Nadine Hill and Diana Dias-Fernandes (Chemistry), nominated for dedicating 'much time to making our activities a success well before the day ... and were equally dedicated pn the day to ensuring our activities were effective'


Commitment Award

Alex Pryor (Archaeology). nominated for having 'an amazing vision to create a very immersive "archaeology village" experience'

Tina Horsfall (MRC), nominated for 'the relentless work she puts in to organising the MRC activity ... and encouraging other staff to volunteer'

Elizabeth McCaig (LR), nominated for being 'instrumental in taking the lead and motivating Lloyd's Register staff members to attend, volunteer and give their suppport'

Innovation Award

Christopher Gutteridge (Open Data Service), nominated for using 'his expertise and a great deal of effort to create a wholly new and very popular activity around Minecraft mapping – a breath of fresh air'

Claire Jackson (Medicine), nominated for ‘for creating a fun event with visitors modelling cilia but also producing the video of that mocdelling to use as a future engagement tool.’

The Minecraft zone

Collaboration Award

Science Buskers, nominated for  ‘working with a range of people within the Science Room framework, entertaining crowds and queue-busting’

Speakezee Team, nominated for ‘an innovative Southampton version of a national event’

Impact Award

Nano Team, noiminated for  'introducing how fun and impactful engineering can be’

Icarus Team, nominated for  giving ‘hundreds of talks to interested parents and kids about wingsuits, something that very few had ever heard about – a completely innovative project unlike any other’

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