29 May 2012
The winners of the University’s 2011/12 Engagement Awards have been announced.The Awards, sponsored by the Society of Merchant Venturers and judged by the Engaged University Steering Group, are given in two categories: Group and Individual.
Professor Hood’s public engagement activities have included talks and hands-on sessions for the public at At-Bristol (with colleagues from the Bristol Cognitive Development Centre), community lectures in Bristol and elsewhere, and frequent appearances at science conventions and festivals across the world. He was chosen to present the 2011 Royal Institution Christmas Lectures, which became the most popular programme on BBC Four during the festive period. Professor Hood also secured funding from the University’s Enterprise and Impact Development Fund to develop an outreach programme and teaching package based on the lectures, to be delivered to children through the UK Association for Science and Discovery Centres. He has been working closely with At-Bristol to ensure that the material is appropriate for the needs of science centre staff.
Professor Hood said: ‘It is enormously satisfying to receive Bristol University's recognition for my work. I know I must be on the right track’.
David Marsh, Master of the Society of Merchant Venturers, said: ‘The Society is always delighted to support Bristol University, and especially in this case, where the emphasis is on engagement with the public. The breadth of entries was matched by the care taken by the judging panel. We congratulate Professor Kirwan [Group category winner] and his team, and Professor Hood, for their impressive achievements in public engagement.’
The Centre for Public Engagement has recently commissioned four short films which focus on different examples of public engagement within the University of Bristol, and include case studiesProfessor Hood and colleagues' public engagement work in Experimental Psychology.
The films are available to view online on the University's youtube channel under the Public Engagement playlist.