The inaugural winners of the Jenkinson Prizes were announced on the 13 December at the Awards Evening, presented by Dr. Steve McBride, Knowledge Transfer Manager at the national Knowledge Centre for Materials Chemistry.

“Each year the bar for the Jenkinson Awards goes higher.  The quality and range of successful proposals reaffirms the vitality of research at the University of Bolton which underpins our teaching excellence. The investments in these key areas will boost our REF performance and promote effective research-informed teaching”.  – Professor Patrick McGhee, Chair of the Panel


The winner in the Early Career Researcher of the Year category was Chathurika Kannangara (Psychology & Education)

The prize for the Outstanding Research Team of the Year went to the Fire Materials Research Group (IMRI/Engineering)

The Research Publication of the Year prize was awarded to Dr. Julie Prescott (School of Psychology & Engineering) for the publication ‘Peer Communication in Online Mental Health Forums for Young People: Directional and Nondirectional Support’.

In addition, the 2019 Jenkinson Awards were made to the 15 projects which received research pump-priming to fund high-quality research to support the REF submission

and the Teaching Intensive, Research Informed agenda:

The Students’ Union President’s Prize for the project which sought to involve students in research in the most innovative and effective way, went to Chathurika Kannangara for her project ProGRAD:Professional discussions as a learning tool for promoting employability skills in undergraduate students’.

Thank you to our 2019 panel:

  • Gill Green (REF2021 Impact Lead)
  • Stacey Johnson (Students’ Union President, 2017-18)
  • Bolu Oyesola (Students’ Union President, 2018-19)
  • Paul Birkett (SEO)
  • Professor Baljinder Kandola (Chair, Research & Knowledge Exchange Committee)
  • Andy Graham (Executive Dean, Research & Graduate School)
  • Kondal Kandadi (Pro Vice Chancellor)
  • Donna Zarei (Secretary)
  • Professor Patrick McGhee (Chair)

Event team

  • Pat Foster (Lead)
  • Alexandra Velissaris (Publicity)
  • Adrian Greenhalgh (Photographic)

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