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Competition will champion research that benefits others

A competition celebrating the best research which brings tangible benefits to people’s lives has been launched at De Montfort University Leicester (DMU).

#DMUengage challenges researchers and postgraduate students to devise innovative ways in which they can share their research with the public, fellow academics and students.

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From health research which is changing how patients cope with long-term illness to investigating how to improve electric cars, telling the stories of pioneering sportswomen for the first time or even discovering new plays written by Shakespeare, DMU’s researchers are working on a host of interesting and potentially life-changing work.  

#DMUengage is a collaboration between the Research Business and Innovation (RBI) directorate and #DMUlocal, the university’s public engagement team.

It is open to academics and postgraduate research students who can apply for one of eight awards of £2,000 to put on events to share their work with the public.

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Mark Charlton, Head of Public Engagement at DMU, said: “There’s so much we can share and so much impact that we are having with the work being done at DMU.

“I hope this competition inspires people to think about ways that they can showcase the great work being done here.”

#DMUlocal is sponsoring five awards, with DMU Graduate School, Pro Vice-Chancellor for Research and Innovation Professor Nigel Wright and #DMUglobal each sponsoring one award each.

Vice-Chancellor Professor Dominic Shellard launched #DMUengage on Friday at an event attended by more than 100 academics.  

He said: “#DMUengage is an opportunity for us to demonstrate the benefit our research brings to society.”

Posted on Wednesday 5th October 2016

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