Impact Excellence Awards May 2017

TJI Director Rory O’Connell, ACT Head of Victims & Mental Health Services Irene Sherry & TJI Research Manager Lisa Thompson

Leading organisations across a wide range of sectors have been recognised for their commitment to pioneering research and graduate employability at Ulster University’s inaugural Impact Excellence Awards.

Ashton Community Trust and its Bridge of Hope department were shortlisted for an Impact Excellence Award (Research Impact) in recognition of its community-university work on the Transitional Justice Grassroots Toolkit in partnership with TJI’s Eilish Rooney.

The Impact Excellence Awards celebrate the transformational impact its students, graduates and research are having on societies and economies across the globe.

The Awards, which took place at the Belfast Harbour Commissioner’s Office on 11 May 2017, recognised the University’s collaborations with partners in the private, public and not-for-profit sectors, both locally and globally.

On the night, BBC, Kainos, Titanic Foundation Ltd, Citi and the Belfast Health & Social Care Trustwere among the placement employers who were acknowledged by Ulster University for their role in supporting the next generation of highly skilled, industry-ready graduates.

Ulster University also awarded their industry partners for research collaborations that have far-reaching impact beyond academia. These span across human rights breaches and employment; connected health; new product development for the automotive market; and digital development of the manufacturing and tourism sectors.

Speaking at the Awards, Ulster University’s Vice-Chancellor, Professor Paddy Nixon, said:

“The Awards ceremony gives Ulster University the opportunity to acknowledge the commitment of our local and international partners across a wide range of sectors, from IT and manufacturing to engineering and the creative industries.

“Through research we are collaborating with industry to address some of the world’s most pressing challenges across key themes including social renewal, sustainability, healthy communities and creativity and culture.  We are also helping to develop future leaders who will drive industry growth with their innovation, dedication and know-how. Together with industry we are making an impact, and I would like to congratulate all of the finalists for their contribution.”