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Ogden Outreach awards

The Ogden outreach awards are held in biennially to celebrate physics outreach.

The Ogden Outreach Awards celebrate physics outreach and recognise the efforts of those involved in developing and delivering it. We hope that by doing this we can raise the profile of all the incredible physics outreach work being undertaken across the country and highlight best practice in the field.

The outreach awards are open biennially to any higher education in Great Britain who run a physics undergraduate course.

Nominations for the 2024 Ogden Outreach Awards are open until Friday 10 May.

Award categories

The awards recognise projects which align with our three strategic outreach themes, physics outreach ambassadors and individuals who have made significant and sustained contributions to the field, and departmental culture change in the field of physics outreach.

The categories for the awards are:

  • Sustained contribution award
    This award recognises the sustained contribution of an individual to physics outreach. It acknowledges their significant achievements through either leadership, delivery or support of physics outreach. The award winner would receive £1,000, to support their continuing outreach work.
    Make a nomination through Microsoft Forms
  • Departmental culture change award
    This award recognises institutions who have developed significant culture change. This may be in the focus of outreach, strategy, leadership, support, evaluation and learning or in how your institution works with staff, students and the public. The award-winning department would receive £1,000, to continue and deepen their culture change. It could be used for a specific aspect such as supporting undergraduate ambassadors.
    Make a nomination through Microsoft Forms
  • Excellence in work of student ambassadors
    This award recognises excellence in the work of student ambassadors and outreach teams through a project or programme in the field of physics outreach. This could be a project or training programme which has improved the quality, capacity and impact of undergraduate and/or postgraduate student ambassadors; something which has supported the progression and development of student ambassador teams or successfully increasing the numbers of ambassadors. The award-winning project or programme would receive £1,000 to continue and support their student ambassador work.
    Make a nomination through Microsoft Forms
  • Partnering with schools
    This award recognises excellence in the development and delivery of physics outreach projects working with schools. Projects nominated for this award must demonstrate significant success in collaborating with schools. The award-winning project or programme would receive £1,000, to continue and support their school engagement work. This could be split between the university and the school partner/s.
    Make a nomination through Microsoft Forms
  • Engaging with communities
    This award recognises excellence in the development and delivery of projects working with community partners. Examples would be projects where meaningful partnerships have been built or developed and which identify benefits to those partners. The award-winning project or programme would receive £1,500, to continue and deepen their community engagement. This would be split between the university and the community partner/s.
    Make a nomination through Microsoft Forms

Guidance documents can be downloaded below. Nominations close on Friday 10 May 2024.

Ambassador awards

These annual awards recognise the contributions undergraduate and postgraduate ambassadors contribute to physics outreach. Each institution can nominate one ambassador in each of these categories.

Nominees awarded would receive £25. There would be a maximum of two successful nominees per institution.

Award guidance documents

Guidance on the questions for each award can be downloaded below. They include the questions which should be answered in nominations and examples of supporting evidence. If you have any relevant materials supportive of your nomination, send them to outreach@ogdentrust.com. We may contact nominators for additional information where needed.

File Name File Type File Size File Link
Sustained contribution PDF 88 KB Download
Departmental culture change PDF 106 KB Download
Excellence in work of student ambassadors PDF 81 KB Download
Partnering with schools PDF 87 KB Download
Engaging with communities PDF 104 KB Download
Ambassador awards PDF 69 KB Download

Award ceremony

The awards ceremony for the Ogden Outreach Awards will be held on the afternoon of Wednesday 18 September 2024 in Northumbria University. This is just before the start of the Interact Symposium. More details will be released closer to the event.

The inaugural award ceremony took place on Summer 2022. Details about the event and the award winners can be found in our news story. Awards for student ambassadors in 2023 were made online.

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