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SEAHA PhD Student is nominated for the UCL Provost Award for Public Engagement

Student Mark Kearney, in the second year of his PhD, was nominated to the Provost’s Awards for Public Engagement. He was one of the nominees invited to present their work in the awards Ceremony this Wednesday. Mark attended in representation of a large group of SEAHA students that have been involved in public engagement during the last year, developing a diversity of activities.

Mark led one of the flagship public engagements activities of this academic year: the organisation, in collaboration with the Royal Society of Chemistry, of a day of public engagement with schools. The event showcased the use of scientific methods by SEAHA researchers, using a series of hands-on experiments designed by a group SEAHA students. The topics highlighted how this science links to fundamental topics covered during A-Levels as well as the many different career paths opened up by studying science at 3 Level.

The winners and nominees for this year’s awards reflected the breadth and diversity of public engagement activity at UCL. The winners and some of the nominees were selected to showcase their work in stands during the reception, and it included fanzines, participatory science, poetry books and creative props for public events.

The purpose of the Provost’s awards is to, in the words of UCL Culture “recognise the fantastic work that UCL’s staff and students are doing to open up research and teaching at UCL to the wider world by engaging with communities.”

You can read about Mark and the other SEAHA students here: http://www.seaha-cdt.ac.uk/people/meet-our-students/

Mark Kearney explaining some of the props for public engagement events designed by SEAHA Students.