MVLS World Changers Competition Results
Our MVLS World Changers Twitter Competition challenged students, academic and professional support staff from across the University to inspire us with how they will change the world, either with their research or through the support that they provide for our researchers.
The response to the competition was overwhelming! Our #UofGImpact was exposed to over 900K people across the globe. We were retweeted from Australia, Canada, the US, Singapore, Belgium and Japan and from MPs, Research Councils, scientific publications, charities, national newspapers and even the cast of Eastenders got involved!
Our judging panel, Pamela Brankin, Head of Marketing and Communications at Aridhia Informatics and Dr Susie Mitchell, Programme Director at Glasgow City of Science selected our winners from amongst our top ten tweeters who between them totalled over 2000 retweets and 1000 likes!
The winners were announced at the College's BBSRC Excellence with Impact Showcase event on the 13th April. Attended by almost 100 staff, students and partners of the College, the showcase celebrated our journey towards implementing our impact vision.
Paula Sweeten, a PhD student from Centre for Cell Engineering within the Institute of Molecular and Cell System Biology was the first runner up boasting exposure to 22,000 people and 223 retweets and a very impressive international reach in Australia, Canada and India.
Our second runner up was William Rooney, a PhD student based across the two Institutes of Molecular and Cell Systems Biology and Infection, Immunity and Inflammation. William’s inspirational tweet reached an audience of 240 tweets and was seen by over 136,000 people including BBC science broadcasters, politicians and influential researchers in the USA, Germany and from across the UK.
A special prize was given for the most inspirational tweet from a member of our professional services staff. This went to Dr Allison Jackson, Research and Communications Manager within our Polyomics Facility.
Our overall winner was Dr Aviral Vatsa, a Research Associate from the Institute of Molecular Cell and Systems Biology who amassed an impressive 296 retweets and reached an audience of over 100,000 people.
Professor Anna Dominiczak, Vice-Principal and Head of College of Medical, Veterinary and Life Sciences announced competition winners at MVLS BBSRC Excellence with Impact Showcase Day at the Queen Elizabeth Teaching and Learning Centre and said of the competition “All of our entrants were truly inspirational and we were delighted with the response to our first MVLS World Changers Twitter Competition. The winners were very deserving and we were overwhelmed with the drive behind #UofGImpact”.