Impact Awards 2019

Professor Katy Holloway, Criminology

Professor Katy Holloway has been shortlisted in the Best Future Impact category


Impact and engagement


The University is holding its third Impact Awards in November in celebration of research that makes an impact on the community and wider society in Wales, nationally and internationally.

This year, 30 entries were received from a wide spectrum of disciplines and from researchers at different stages of their careers.

The applications address some of the most significant challenges facing society today from reducing greenhouse gas emissions to tackling antimicrobial resistance to improving the provision of public services.


There are six award categories


Best Societal Impact, sponsored by Chwarae Teg, recognises work that demonstrates impact on society including health, wellbeing, welfare and quality of life; public policy and practice; public services; stronger and safer communities.

Best Impact on the Economy, sponsored by Capital Law, recognises work that demonstrates impact on economic prosperity, business and industry such as the commercialisation of innovative technology, creation of new products and services, new approaches to skills and training, new business or market opportunities, or the creation of jobs.

Best Impact on Culture, Heritage and the Arts, sponsored by National Museum of Wales, recognises impact in culture, heritage and the arts and encompasses a wide range of activities including theatre, music, art, design, literature, or events such as festivals and exhibitions.

Best Environmental Impact, sponsored by Celsa Steel UK, recognises work that impacts on the environment for example on air, food, water, energy, conservation, climate change, sustainable resource management.

Best Future Impact, sponsored by Thermal Compaction Group Ltd, recognises potential impact which can be of any type e.g. impact on society, economy, environment, or culture.

Best Research Student Impact, sponsored by USW Graduate School is a new category this year which recognises a PhD student who demonstrates involvement in impact activities.


Winners will be announced at a ceremony held at the Temple of Peace, Cardiff on 14th November. For more information on the awards, please contact Donna Szarun, Knowledge Transfer & Impact Officer.


Dr James Kent, Mathematician

Mathematician Dr James Kent

Here are a few of the shortlisted projects

Professor Katy Holloway: Helping drinkers prepare for the introduction of minimum pricing for alcohol in Wales
Holloway and team engaged with service providers and drinkers across Wales to better understand awareness, preparation and expectations about the impending minimum pricing for alcohol legislation and price changes. The research will enable service providers to develop appropriate strategies to help drinkers prepare and minimise any associated harm. The research is also likely to benefit any country planning to introduce a minimum price for alcohol.

Professor Gary Higgs: Improving mobile cancer services using open source spatial technologies
The GIS Research Group have worked with Tenovus Cancer Care to improve their mobile cancer services. Tools and detailed GIS models developed by the group will enable Tenovus to examine spatial inequalities in access to services and optimise the location and delivery of mobile health services. This will enable Tenovus to treat patients closer to home, extend the reach of services, and help reduce the stress, anxiety and fatigue to the patient.

Dr Emma Hayhurst: Tackling the global challenge of antimicrobial resistance
Antimicrobial resistance is a key global health challenge which poses a threat to society, food production and the environment. Researchers at USW are developing a novel portable, low-cost, fast and accurate diagnostic device which can be used by GPs, clinicians and health care providers at the point-of-care to help guide antibiotic prescribing decisions and reduce the unnecessary use of antibiotics.

Dr James Kent: Improving global weather and climate prediction models
Global climate modelling systems are employed for weather and climate prediction. Improving the accuracy of these models will help improve the accuracy of the weather and climate forecasts made, benefitting society, the environment, and the economy. Research conducted at USW led to improvements in the accuracy and stability of NASA’s GEOS-5 model which is used by operational weather and climate centres around the world.

Award sponsors

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