Engagement Competition and Awards

These engagement and communication competitions and awards have been selected to be of relevance to MVLS staff and students. 

MVLS Engagement Awards

MVLS Engagement Awards are for contributions to Public Engagement with Research. The nominees for this award may be MVLS staff or post graduate students.

Winners recieve a monetary award (up to £1000) and a certificate.

For information on key dates and submission calls, visit MVLS Engagement Awards

Post-Graduate Research Competitions (3MT/ Visualise your Thesis)


The Three Minute Thesis (3MT) is an academic competition for research students, challenging them to present their research to a non-specialist audience, giving them the opportunity to practice their public engagement skills.

Visit Three Minute Thesis (3MT) page to find all information related to key dates and submission calls. 

Visualise Your Thesis (VYT)

Visualise Your Thesis (VYT) provides the opportunity to graduate researchers at any stage of their candidature to present their projects in a 60-second, eye-catching, audio-visual digital display. 

Learn more about the competition at Visualise Your Thesis (VYT)

University of Glasgow Engagement Awards

The University of Glasgow Engagement Awards recognise and celebrate the partnerships and initiatives led by UofG staff to deliver world-changing impacts. One of its categories 'Best Community or Public Engagement Initiative' offer an opportunity to highlight excellence in this area of engagement.

Winners receive a non-pay award of £1000 to be spent on knowledge-exchange activities or related professional development. For team submissions, the award will go to the nominated project lead.

For information on key dates, visit University of Glasgow Engagement Awards page.

University of Glasgow Research Culture Awards

University of Glasgow Research Culture Awards celebrate activities which promote collegiality and contribute to a positive research culture at the University. This includes research engagement that is more open, honest and transparent, thus supporting colleagues to show collegiality towards the community at large.

A personal prize of £600 is available for each award.

For further information, visit University of Glasgow Research Culture Awards page.


FameLab provides individuals in STEM with an opportunity to inspire the world with their work. It is an international competition to find and support the most talented new science communicators. Each year the British Council organises national competitions in more than 30 countries for young scientists and engineers.

Scottish Winners are invited to a masterclass with a professional science communicator, participate in the FameLab UK final at Cheltenham Science Festival and receive up to £1000 prize money.

For more information on key dates, visit FameLab page. 


Interface Scottish Knowledge Exchange Awards

Interface Scottish Knowledge Exchange Awards celebrate the exceptional work achieved through academic and business partnerships. The 'Making a Difference category' is the most suited to public engagement activities and a new Covid-19 Collaboration category may be of interest.

For further details and information on key dates, visit Interface Scottish Knowledge Exchange Awards page. 

Medical Research Council – Max Perutz Science Writing Award

Supporting the career development of Medical Research Council (MRC) PhD students,  Medical Research Council – Max Perutz Science Writing Award seeks to build skills while encouraging and recognising outstanding written communication.

Winners of this award receive a prize of £1,500 and their article will be published on the MRC Insight blog. All shortlisted entrants are invited to a science writing masterclass and the awards ceremony in central London.

For further details visit Medical Research Council – Max Perutz Science Writing Award page. 

Royal Society of Biology Scotland Outreach Champion Award

Royal Society of Biology Scotland Outreach Champion Award is designed to celebrate students’ public engagement efforts and ability to convey biology to a wider public audience. Open to final year undergraduates studying a biological science subject, and who participate in public engagement with science.

The winner will be invited to the annual Science and the Parliament event in Edinburgh (subject to change), receive an RSB certificate, and get one-year free associate membership of the RSB.

For information on key dates, visit Royal Society of Biology Scotland Outreach Champion Award page. 

Saltire Awards

The Saltire Awards are the Scottish Government's way of celebrating, recognising and rewarding the commitment, contribution and achievements of young volunteers in Scotland.

Winners of this award receive Certification signed by Scottish Government ministers.

For details and information on key dates, visit Saltire Awards page.

The Royal Society Awards

Four of these awards are targeted at public engagement and inclusivity in STEM.


UK Higher Education Technicians Summit - Papin Prizes

UK Higher Education Technicians Summit - Papin Prizes are new National awards recognising technicians and technical excellence. Outreach & Community Engagement is one of nine award categories

Winners of this award were presented at the 2021 UK Higher Educations Technician Summit. 

For details and information, visit UK Higher Education Technicians Summit - Papin Prizes page. 

Wellcome Photography Prize

Wellcome Photography Prize hightlight rewarding pictures that show the importance of health in society and the impact health issues have on people and communities worldwide in key categories.

The finalists of each category will receive £1,000. The single image and series winners will each receive £10,000.

For details and information, visit Wellcome Photography Prize page.