Good Research Practice Awards
These awards are intended to recognise and celebrate contributions that provide leadership and act as role models for good research practice. The awards have been organised by a University-wide group.
With these awards, we want to take a different approach to the conventional recognition of academic contribution, of grants applied for and awarded, of papers published and of research impact, to recognise that what people do between those lines can make a major contribution to our efforts at an institution, and can be very important in enabling others within our institution to be able to do their best research.
The award winners were announced at the Good Reserach Practice Awards evening on 18 November 2022.
Good Research Practice 2022 Award Winners
Good Research Citizenship Award
First place: Edinburgh ReproducibiliTea - Niamh MacSweeney and Laura Klinkhamer
Second place: Professor Catherine Lyall - Professor of Science and Public Policy, School of Social and Political Science
First place: Creative Informatics - The Bayes Centre, The University of Edinburgh
Second place: Depression Detectives (Citizen Science Project)
Open Research Award
First place: Dr William Cawthorn - Senior Lecturer, Deanery of Clinical Sciences
Second place: PPLS Open Research Facilitators - Bonan Zhao, Georgia Carter, Alex Lorson, Giulia Giganti and Kenny Smith
Positive Disruptor Award
First place: Dr Nini Fang - Lecturer, School of Health in Social Science
Second place: Professor Gillian Gray - Edinburgh Medical School
Good Research Citizenship Award - shortlisted finalists
Kelsey Archer Barnhill - PhD researcher, School of Geosciences
Amelia Edmondson-Stait - PhD researcher, Translational Neuroscience
Dr Anjali Jayakumar - PDRA in Biomass Pyrolysis and Biochar Development, School of GeoSciences
Professor Graeme Laurie - School of Law
Professor Catherine Lyall - Professor of Science and Public Policy, School of Social and Political Science
Edinburgh ReproducibiliTea - Niamh MacSweeney and Laura Klinkhamer
Responsible Research - shortlisted finalists
Dr Iona Beange - Knowledge Exchange & Impact Officer; Post-Doctoral Research Fellow; Teaching Fellow MSc in Science Communication and Public Engagement, Centre for Clinical Brain Sciences
Depression Detectives (Citizen Science Project)
Creative Informatics - The Bayes Centre, The University of Edinburgh
Dr Ingrid Young - Senior Lecturer, Centre for Biomedicine, Self and Society, Usher Institute
Open Research Award - shortlisted finalists
Dr William Cawthorn - Senior Lecturer, Deanery of Clinical Sciences
Nolan Lab - The University of Edinburgh
PPLS Open Research Facilitators - Bonan Zhao, Georgia Carter, Alex Lorson, Giulia Giganti and Kenny Smith
Spires-Jones Lab - The University of Edinburgh
Positive Disruptor Award - shortlisted finalists
The ECREDibles - a partner with The Edinburgh Centre for Research on the Experience of Dementia (ECRED)
Dr Nini Fang - Lecturer, School of Health in Social Science
Professor Gillian Gray - Edinburgh Medical School
Professor Chris Ponting - Chair of Medical Bioinformatics, MRC Human Genetics Unit
Nominations are invited in 4 categories:
1. Good research citizenship
Good research citizenship can take many forms and is not limited to those in leadership and management roles or to “official” University activities. It includes
contributions to formal and informal mentoring and support
leading or participating in projects to improve research
involvement in peer-led initiatives to increase awareness and provide training in good research practices
involvement in peer-led initiatives to address issues of equity, diversity and inclusion
increasing awareness and providing training in good research practices
Promoting public and societal engagement with research processes
Supporting and engendering flourishing and diverse research teams
Actions which support greater inclusion in research activity of those who would not otherwise be able to contribute
Commenting on drafts of applications, grants and papers, participating in practice interviews and practice presentations
Encouraging reflection on how we do research and our research culture
Peer review, internal and external grant awarding panels
Promoting the public understanding of science
Note: this is a non-exhaustive list. We are interested in individuals or teams who have gone beyond the usual expectations of their role in contributing to research citizenship.
2. Responsible Research
“Responsible Research and Innovation” occurs where researchers carefully consider the consequences of their research and how these align with society’s expectations, with the aim of pursuing research which is inclusive (including co-creation of research approaches), sustainable, and done both with and for society. Such research involves diverse stakeholders, encompasses multiple (and sometimes conflicting) value systems, has open and transparent processes and communications, and is adaptive to feedback and experience.
We believe that research, and research processes, can be enriched through public engagement - the involvement of external communities, in co-creation of research projects relevant to their particular circumstances or their involvement as citizen scientists, or when researchers demystify their work and their careers so as to encourage others to become involved.
Research may also address questions of global priority such as the UN’s sustainable development goals, or inclusive, equitable and ethical research practices aimed at de-colonisation of science.
We are interested in recognising individuals or teams at the University who have used their platform as researchers to create opportunities for involvement, dialogue, engagement and exchange with communities beyond the University of Edinburgh.
3. Open research award
Open-ness in relation to research makes important contributions to participation, collaboration, dissemination, and reproducibility. It includes:
Openness in research designs (eg study protocols)
Open access to publications
Open availability of study materials (questionnaires, reagents, psychological tests)
Open availability of study data such that it is findable, accessible, interoperable and reusable (“FAIR” data)
Openness of research platforms, tools and software
Openness of the conduct of research, both with scientific colleagues and with wider publics
Openness of grant funding applications, of peer review processes and of research and researcher evaluations
We are interested in research outputs and research projects which show openness across multiple dimensions.
4. Positive disruptor award
As individuals and as an institution, we like to operate in familiar circumstances, and this can make us reluctant to embrace change. But disrupting our normal way of thinking about things can open up opportunities to do things differently, to do things better. Positive disruptors in research don’t just point to problems, but are able to see a different way of doing things, and to convince others to at least be open to the possibility of change. Key characteristics include:
Being able to influence and enthuse people
Being prepared to be knocked back, and to keep going
Not being put off when people ask why you’re wasting your time with irrelevant stuff
Believing in a different future, and having the courage to propose different ways of doing things – willing to try, fail and learn
Not just criticising, but proposing solutions
Knowing where internal rules have some flexibility, and when you are overstepping a mark and will fail to carry your colleagues
Knowing when to stop
We’re looking for individuals or teams who have improved our research practice, or culture, or environment, by challenging the status quo.
When will winners be announced?
Nominations have been considered by a panel including senior members of the University alongside others including research professionals and early career researchers. Winners will be announced at the Awards evening on 18 November.
The Awards will be presented by Professor Marcus Munafo, leader of the UK Reproducibility Network. Each category has first prize to the value of £400. Runners up receive a prize to the value of £100.
Who can be nominated ?
Any University of Edinburgh staff member or student can be nominated, either as an individual or as part of a team. Nominated teams should be wholly or largely based at the University of Edinburgh. Nominations can be made by any individual, and self-nomination is allowed.
How do I nominate?
Nominations are now closed. Please see above for the shortlisted finalists for 2022.