We are pleased to announce that University of Kent student Ruth Auger has won a £400 Graduate School Prize for Public Engagement funding contribution, and also publication space in the Advanced Journal for Professional Practice. An anthropologist, Ruth studies homelessness in Canterbury and plans to use the award to develop a gardening club with Catching Lives to promote the inclusion of homeless people in our local community. The details of how the club will take formation are currently being decided so stay tuned for further information.
Ruth won the coveted prize during the “Real World Research”, held in Canterbury on Thursday the 1st of June, which was an opportunity for current University of Kent postgraduate (PG) students to showcase their work to the general public to win funding for a project with the potential to make a real difference to a current issue. The aim was to bridge the gap between academia and the general public by demonstrating to local residents the real world impact academic research can have. Students presented project proposals inspired by their research that they felt had the potential to make an impact on a current issue. Topics ranged from autism, to homelessness, to medical robotics.
The event included an introduction from the new Director of the Graduate School, Paul Allain and was organised by Laura Thomas-Walters, a PhD student from the Durrell Institute of Conservation and Ecology (DICE) at the University of Kent (both pictured above with Ruth).