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In a glitzy awards ceremony in a packed lecture theatre in Keble College, the winners of the VC PER Awards were announced - featuring two awards for MPLS researchers - and three more highly commended awards.

The awards ceremony is a biennial celebration of excellence in public engagement. This year there were 15 winners across three categories, from around 60 nominations!

The MPLS winners were:

  • Professor Alan Barr and Professor Chris Lintott (Physics) won a project award for the Higgs Hunters citizen science project.
  • Dr Becky Smethurst (Physics) won an Early Career Researcher Award for her YouTube channel, Dr Becky.

There was also honourable mention for:

  • Tanesha Allen (Zoology) for schools engagement with badger research
  • Joshua Bull (Maths) for the 'Dimensions' exhibition with the Ashmolean
  • Dr Sam Henry (Physics) for My Little Pony Fan Fiction

You can see all winners here.

The awards will next take place in 2021.