Researchers from across the University have been recognised for the impact of their work on society, and engagement with research in the inaugural Vice-Chancellor’s Impact Awards and Public Engagement with Research Awards.
Research at the University of Cambridge has had profound effects on society – it is a formal part of the University’s mission. The Vice-Chancellor’s Impact Awards have been established to recognise and reward those whose research has led to excellent impact beyond academia, whether on the economy, society, culture, public policy or services, health, the environment or quality of life.
In this, its inaugural year, there were 71 nominations, and the results were announced at an award ceremony on 20 June 2016, hosted by Professor Sir Leszek Borysiewicz.
Dr Mari Jones (Dept. of French) was one of the winners in recognition of the importance of her work on Jèrriais (Norman French) which has helped raise the profile of the language within Jersey and beyond, with impacts on local and national media, language policy and education, and cultural identity and development. Jèrriais has been spoken in Jersey for over 1,000 years but today this language is spoken by just 1% of the population.
A a full list of the awards can be found here on the main University of Cambridge website.