In 2019 we held our first annual Research Engagement Grant competition, designed to provide a UK-based PhD student with a financial boost to increase their research engagement activities during their doctoral studies.
We are very pleased to announce that the winner of the 2019 award was Emily Taylor, a PhD student from the University of Bath, whose research is concerned with identifying and understanding psychological strengths associated with autism. Emily is supervised by Dr Punit Shah, both of whom we wholly enjoyed meeting on campus at Bath to present Emily with her award. With the £1000 grant awarded, Emily will forge collaborative links with the National Autistic Society, a leading charity that has already expressed a keen interest in her work. Emily will also run public engagement events and focus groups to involve autistic people in her research. We look forward to hearing more about Emily’s research engagement activities over the coming year.
We received a vast number of applications to our competition and we were greatly impressed by the quality of proposals we received, both in terms of the variety of doctoral research topics and the novelty of the research engagement activities proposed. It became evident very quickly that investment in PhD students and their ideas is a highly worthwhile endeavour and we look forward to reading further innovative proposals during future competitions.
We offer our sincere thanks to every individual that contributed to our Research Engagement Grant competition 2019, including all PhD students, supervisors, and host institutions. We anticipate a fantastic competition next year, details of which will be made available closer to the launch in early 2020.