Excellence with ImpactExcellence with Impact (EwI) is a BBSRC competition which aims to recognise institutions that can develop and successfully deliver a vision for maximising impact, alongside a relevant institution-wide culture change.
The competition started in 2013, and at the end of 2015 the Institute submitted a final report describing Institute activities across this period, including the 2015 Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition Exhibit – Weapons of Microscopic Destruction, science symposia for industry and the PI3 Kinase conference in 2014.
Following recent shortlisting interviews, the Institute was selected as one of the ten finalists. The next stage of the competition will involve an assessment site visit by the Excellence with Impact judging panel. The winners of the competition will be announced at a BBSRC Fostering Innovation Gala Networking Reception in May 2016. More information is available on this news page
Our Vision for the CompetitionWe have aimed to build on our excellent track record of translating our research into impacts through Public Engagement, Knowledge Exchange and Commercialisation. To highlight some of our impacts on the UK economy and society we have prepared some case studies.
Following feedback from the EwI Team we focussed our aims for the competition:
- Institute EwI Theme – ‘Immunology and Ageing’ – identifying a theme for activities to help give us a clear focus to maximise the dissemination and impact of our science.
- Focused collaboration – KEC + PE Teams to integrate more closely with scientists, working towards clear ISP specific goals (these could be scientific, communication, PE or KEC related).
- Building public engagement – working on projects across the four ISPs, developing online resources and gaining presence at different festivals.
- Engaging the public in debate and providing different ways to engage with the Institute, through an open afternoon and Christmas event.
- Inspiring younger generations – sharing our passion and enthusiasm for immunology and ageing research with younger audiences through our established schools workshops, a 6th form conference and looking for new ways to engage.
- Hosting scientific conferences and meetings – to build upon and foster academic and industrial collaborations.
- Creating a legacy – changing our working practices, by embedding KEC and PE into Institute culture, through recognition and reward of staff and students (e.g PE and KE prizes).