The Annual Jenkinson Award Event, launched in 2015, celebrates innovation in research within the context of the University’s “Teaching Intensive, Research Informed” (TIRI) Agenda, and the span of research activities funded by the scheme reflects the diversity of research activities at the University of Bolton.

The Awards are named after Augustus Jack Jenkinson (known as Jack) who was the first Principal of Bolton Institute of Technology, which opened in 1964.  He remained Principal until 1970.  He was previously Principal of Bolton Technical College, from 1951-64 and prior to that First Director of Bolton Training College, 1946 – 48.

This year, 17 projects have received funding of between £600 and £10,000 to pump prime innovative research. The submissions this year are yet again of a very high quality with a particularly strong emphasis on the benefits of the proposed research for students. The wide range of projects supported reflects the diversity of research at the University and indicates that students across the institution will benefit from the Jenkinson Scheme in line with the TIRI agenda. Projects range from studies of cancer through to the history of textiles, counselling and high performance composites.

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Several Early Career Researchers have been successful this time round in line with the University’s commitment to supporting academics at the earlier stages of their careers, alongside senior researchers.

Said Dr Kandadi “The University has developed a number of crucial pathways and initiatives to implement our TIRI strategy and embed the Teaching Intensive, Research Informed Philosophy, High quality programmes, excellent and new staff, state of art curriculum and great student experience.”

The Psychology Department scooped seven out of seventeen Jenkinson Awards at the now Annual Jenkinson Awards night hosted by Professor McGhee and Dr Kondal Kandadi. Last year the Psychology Team won six Awards. Early career researchers Dr Pedro Vital, Chathurika Kannangara and Daniel Gaunt won their first Jenkinson Awards. Dr Gill Allen and Dr Julie Prescott shared three Awards between them. Professor Jerome Carson won a second Award for his Happiness research, conducted with Sandie McHugh.

Professor Carson said, “I am so proud of the whole team in Psychology. In addition to delivering high quality teaching, all members of staff are involved in teaching informed research, hence the Jenkinson success. The Department is now at 71 in the Sunday Times League Table and in the top 50 for student satisfaction. I am sure we will build on this success next year under the leadership of Gill Waugh, our Head of School.”    

Jenkinson Awards Winners

Gill Allen & Julie Prescott      

Smile (Phase 2) Social Media as Informal support for people with mental illness: an Extended study


Gill Allen

CHANGE  –   CHAmeleoN Group Evaluation


Jerome Carson

The changing nature of happiness (Phase 2)


Rachel Dawson      

“Back to the Future” – Indigenous Natural Colourants


Neil Dougan & Nicola Shaw 

The Agency – University of Bolton’s Creative Hub – ‘Where Talent connects with Talent’


Donna Claypool and academic staff from Textiles and Surface Design

“Originals’ – a collaborative and creative project responding to the history of textiles in Bolton


Daniel Gaunt 

A thematic analysis of the development of trainee CBT therapists


David Gledhill & Peter Lewis

1936 Berlin Olympic Village Project Phase 2


Chathurika Kannangara

Grit and Resilience: Predictors of academic success, wellbeing and achievement?


Julie Prescott 

Evaluating online humanistic counselling for young people: examining the practice-based evidence and conducting fidelity checks


Ianis Matsoukas     

Salivary Diagnostics in Oral Cancer: Integrating Advanced DNA Technologies into Further and Higher Education


Peter Myler    

Further Development of Simulations and Characterisation of High Performance Composites


Bob Snape      

The Centre for Worktown Studies


Jonathan Thomas  

Generation of Reference Genomes for Genetic Clusters that Lack Reference Strains


Pedro Vital     

The Relationship Between Facial Mimicry of Others’ Expressions and Emotion Understanding as Measured by a Facial Expression Recognition Software


Ben Wilkinson        

Don Paterson and The Catch


Ben Wilkinson        

Poets for Bolton: Writing the Town


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