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Ogden Outreach awards

The inaugural Ogden outreach awards were held in Summer 2022 celebrating 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 annually to any higher education institution who is currently in receipt of, or who has previously received, Ogden funding.

The next Ogden Outreach Awards will take place in 2024.

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. Acknowledging 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.
  • 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 publicThe 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.

Projects awards

  • Supporting undergraduate student ambassadors
    This award recognises excellence in supporting undergraduate student ambassadors and outreach teams through a project or programme in the field of physics outreach. Nominated projects must demonstrate how they support undergraduate student ambassadors. Examples of this might be through a specific successful outreach project or a novel or innovative training programme for ambassadors and outreach teams.
  • Excellence in teacher support
    This award recognises excellence in the development and delivery of physics outreach projects which support teachers. Projects nominated for this award must demonstrate significant success in supporting teachers. An example of this might be a successful CPD programme, CPD element of a wider programme or a programme run in partnership which builds specific skills and/or knowledge for teachers.
  • Longitudinal projects to widen participation
    This award recognises excellence in the development and delivery of projects which use repeat interventions to work with widening participation audiences. Nominated projects must demonstrate how repeat interventions have successfully worked with their widening participation audiences and in what ways this had benefitted participants.

Nominations for project awards should include the entire team involved which may include partners and community groups. The award-winning project will receive £1,000, which will go to the lead university. We would intend for this to be spent on things which strengthen or support the project, this could include rewarding community partners.

Ambassador awards

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

  • Student ambassador (undergraduate)
  • Student ambassador (postgraduate)

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

Award ceremony

The inaugural award ceremony took place on Thursday 28 July 2022. Details about the event and the award winners can be found in our news story.


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