The winners of the University of Bolton’s Annual Jenkinson Awards received their prizes at a special ceremony this week.

The event, launched in 2015, celebrates innovation in research as part of the University’s ‘Teaching Intensive, Research Informed’ (TIRI) agenda.

Professor Patrick McGhee, Chair of the Jenkinson Awards Panel, said the span of research activities funded by the scheme reflected the diversity of research activities at the University of Bolton.

This year, 10 projects received funding of between £1,300 and £5,000 to pump prime innovative research.















Jenkinson Award Winners 2020

Robert Snape – The Centre for Worktown Studies

Ian Glover – Reframing Views of Worktown

Colin Robertson – The Epidemiology of Injury Incidence in the European Super League

Richard Horrocks – The increasing impact of the live North West textile industrial history resources linked to Worktown

Paul Hollins – Realising an Applied Gaming Ecosystem (RAGE)

Chathurika Kannangara – Bringing Positive Psychology into the classrooms

Julie Prescott – Technology & Mental Health

Jerome Carson – Happiness: Bringing Worktown into the present day

Wendy Bateman – Changing procedures with regard to intimate violence

Evan Jones – Whitman 200: Community and Diversity

Early Career Researcher of the Year – Joint Winners: Nurun Nahar, Dr Kim Edwards-Keates

Research Publication of the Year – Joint Winners: Dr Valerie O’Riordan, Professor Jack Luo

Research Support Professional of the Year – Joint Winners: Ian Harrison, Research and Graduate School Administration Team

Research Team of the Year – Joint Winners: Dr Sarah Telfer and Sue Lambert (Bolton College) – GCSE Strive Team; Dr Peter Farrell and Dr Furat Al-faraj – Environmental Engineering








Ryley Awards Winners 2020

Sarah Telfer – Raising Diversity and Achievement in Higher Education

John McGarry – Modern conceptions of parliamentary sovereignty

Jerome Carson – Publishing final year Psychological Projects

Ian Bowden – Legal Advice Centre

Narun Nahar – Staff-student partnership (SSP) – digital intelligence

Kim Edwards-Keates – Whitman and Women

Ainsworth Awards Winners 2020

Jeanette McGuffie, Student Scholarship Awardee – Mental Health

Boluwatife Oyesola, Student Scholarship Awardee – Accounting

Prof McGhee said the submissions were again of very high quality, with a particularly strong emphasis on the benefits of the proposed research for students.

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








The Ryley Awards and Ainsworth Awards enable students to engage in research, either as interns or as PhD scholars – a key element of our TIRI Framework.

Prof McGhee added: “The 2020 Jenkinson Awards event has been the largest ever with a wide range of past and present projects recognised for excellence in the context of our Teaching Intensive, Research Informed philosophy.

“The diversity of our research work is also very much in evidence with projects on Textile History and Positive Psychology in the Classroom sitting alongside research Applied Gaming Ecosystems and Triboelectric Nanogenerators.

“Our new award for Research Support Professional of the Year was shared by Ian Harrison of Psychology and the Research & Graduate School Administration team, led by Donna Zarei.

“These colleagues have made an immense contribution to the development of research at the University and it is wholly fitting that their outstanding contributions are recognised in this way.”

Prof McGhee thanked the Mayor of Bolton, Cllr Hilary Fairclough, for attending as the guest of honour.

The Awards are named after Augustus John 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.

The 2020 Jenkinson Panel consisted of Professor Patrick McGhee, Assistant Vice-Chancellor (Office for Students) (Chair); Dr Paul Birkett, Senior Policy & Practice Advisor; Professor Baljinder Kandola Chair of the Research & Knowledge Exchange Committee; Dr Andy Graham Executive Dean, Research & Graduate School; Dr Angela Tinwell, Research & Graduate School; Ansh Sachdeva, Students’ Union President (2019-20); Stacey Johnson, Former Students’ Union President (2018-19); Donna Zarei (Secretary).

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