HART is delighted to have been awarded the Vice Chancellor’s Award for Public Engagement with Research. The Award recognises those who have contributed significantly to the Public Engagement with Research agenda at the University of Lincoln. The nomination was made by Mr Jason O’Rourke, head teacher at Washingborough Academy, and a member of the Lincoln Food Partnership. It was reviewed by a judging panel that deemed HART’s performance in this domain to be ‘exceptional’. We are delighted with this recognition of the importance of public engagement with our research.
The nomination referenced research leading to the production of a Food Strategy for the City of Lincoln, the establishment of the Lincoln Food Partnership, and work with the City food banks, and school food education. The research also has spawned the development of a series of projects such as the Mint Lane Café, which uses ‘waste’ food to feed those in food poverty, and the development of a central food hub for the City. Members of the research team and the Lincoln Food Partnership have joined panels in the Lincolnshire County Council working to combat obesity, and the Lincoln City Council examining the role of food in Climate Change. The Award is due to be presented at the University’s graduation ceremonies in autumn.