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Seven successful applicants have been chosen as the 2019-20 cohort of Public Engagement with Research (PER) Leaders. The PER Leadership scheme is for academics to take on a leadership role in a culture change project for their departments and faculties to enhance support for PER. The scheme is targeted at those who have a strong interest in PER, who want the opportunity to demonstrate their leadership skills within an academic environment and to explore new ways of working through facilitating change. The seven winners will each receive £5,000 to initiate PER-focused initiatives within their departments, and will participate in training from a variety of internal and external PER and leadership professionals throughout the year.

The MPLS awardees are Sam Henry (Department of Physics) and Sam Cohen (Mathematical Institute), congratulations! We look forward to sharing the work they do. 

 Sam Henry

Dr Sam Henry is a Detector Development Scientist in the Particle Physics Sub-department working on instrumentation for experiments at the Large Hadron Collider. He has built up a series of Public Engagement with Research activities in Particle Physics, including a successful festival stall at IF Oxford (Oxford Science and Ideas Festival) and other events. He won an MPLS (Mathematical, Physical, and Life Sciences) Impact Award for Public Engagement with Research in Feb 2019, and was Highly Commended in the Vice-Chancellor’s Public Engagement with Research Awards, for his project using online fan fiction and the My Little Pony cartoon characters to engage a diverse audience with science.

 Sam Cohen

Professor Sam Cohen completed undergraduate degrees in mathematics and finance, and a PhD, at the University of Adelaide, before moving to Oxford as a Junior Research Fellow at St John's College in 2010. He is now an Associate Professor in the Mathematical Institute and Senior Research Fellow at New College, and a Visiting Research Fellow at the Alan Turing Institute. His research looks at the mathematics of decision making in the presence of risk and uncertainty -- in particular how to incorporate data and statistical modelling into decision making in a consistent manner through time. He is also interested in mathematics generally, and in the interaction of mathematics with economics and finance.

 You can read about the other awardees here.