Winners of the latest Beacon Bursaries announced

29th August 2017
UCL Engagement

Our Public Engagement Unit is delighted to announce the awardees in the latest round of Beacon Bursaries. After another very competitive round, the unit is proud to have funded 13 projects at the end of 2016/17.

Activities we have supported in this round include promoting access to health information and services in the Chinese community in the UK, addressing sewage management on canal boats, creating a photo exhibition on parental leave for fathers, and a host of other projects that will connect with a variety of public groups.

Participants from ‘Beat Boxing after laryngectomy’, a Beacon Bursary project led by Dr Evangelos Himonides

Previous Beacon Bursary winners have run workshops in remote communities around the world. Energy mapping and photography skills were shared with off-grid solar home users in Rwanda to assess the technology and its impact in the communities. In Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, mapping skills were used to gather data on urban water access. The data collected increased the negotiating power of local residents when appealing to their governments for service improvements. These skills mobilised individuals who might previously have felt powerless, and effected real change in the community.

Mapping workshops Iwona Bisaga

We’re really excited to see how this year’s projects develop with the support of the Beacon Bursaries, and will invite project leaders to update on their progress throughout the year.

Beacon Bursaries are available to UCL staff and postgraduate research students looking to connect their research or teaching with people outside UCL in a new way. The next deadline for the fund is in June 2018, and the round will be open in January 2018. Sign up to our newsletter for further announcements and information.

To read more about the Beacon Bursaries, please visit our project page here.


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