Swansea University has recognised the impact of some of its most outstanding research projects with a special awards ceremony sponsored by Geldards.
The 2015 Swansea University Impact Awards celebrated the ways in which the University’s research makes a difference to society and its influence on individuals, communities, industry, and policy development.
“The firm has always looked to support and encourage projects that help inform big decisions on scientific, economic and cultural growth."
Geldards was the headline sponsor of the prestigious event that attracted over 165 guests from academia, industry and the public sector.
Andrew Evans, a partner at the firm, attended the ceremony to present an award for Outstanding Impact in Law and Public Policy. The category was won by Dr Nigel Pollard, a member of the University’s College of Arts and Humanities, for his project “Learning from the Past to Protect the Past”.
Andrew explained: “The firm has always looked to support and encourage projects that help inform big decisions on scientific, economic and cultural growth.
“Swansea University is doing a remarkable job in nurturing the people behind the world leading research conducted across its academic departments and Geldards is proud to help recognise the impact that these projects have on our society and the economy.”
The Impact Awards formed part of a programme of activities supported by the University’s Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and followed a recent survey that placed Swansea at 22nd in the UK for the quality of its research impact.
Swansea University Vice-Chancellor, Professor Richard B Davies, said: “The recent Research Excellence Framework showed that Swansea is amongst the best performing universities in the UK for the impact that its research has on wider society. Looking at the talent put forward for this year’s Impact Awards it is clear why this is the case.
"The winners come from across all academic disciplines. The ways in which they have made a difference include protecting culture in war torn countries, the empowerment of rural communities across the globe through the deployment of digital technologies, and the advancement of light therapy to fight skin conditions.
"We thank our sponsoring organisations who have made possible these awards, and congratulate our winners and nominees for their remarkable and diverse impact on society."
Photo (from left to right): Andrew Evans, Geldards Law Firm; Dr Nigel Pollard, Swansea University; Jason Mohammad, Broadcaster.
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