7 October 2004
Dr Petra Boynton (Primary Care and Population Sciences) has been named as 'Campaigner of the Year' in the 11th Annual Erotic awards.
The aim of the awards is to facilitate networking amongst professionals, and to raise funds and awareness for the charity Outsiders Trust, that enables disabled people to enjoy happy and healthy relationships, and educates the public about sex, relationships and disability.
Dr Boynton won the Campaigner category for taking her academic work on sex and relationships to the public. This includes writing two online advice columns for teen website mykindaplace.com and menshealth.co.uk; hosting a live sex and relationships programme for BBC Radio 5 live and volunteering as a regular contributor to the British Forces Broadcasting Service. She regularly appears on other radio stations such as BBC Radio 4, Asian Radio and community stations. Last year Dr Boynton advised broadcasters and media workers from across Africa in delivering safer sex messages at a BBC World Service Trust International HIV/AIDS Communications Forum.
Dr Boynton's campaigning work includes making sex information clearer to the public and in particular to diverse communities. She set up the first training course to teach journalists how to liaise with experts and get better research information in the press. She has also applied her academic knowledge of sexual health and communication to write and run an online course for GPs to communicate more effectively with patients, plus a training course for sex store staff to provide customers with evidence-based information. Dr Boynton also works hard to address how many companies use sex as a means to make people feel inadequate, challenging everything from spurious websites to pharmaceutical companies.
She says "I am delighted to win this award. Although I enjoy my research
and teaching, nothing can beat the thrill of seeing that work applied directly
to the public. Particularly to those normally missed out. I hope to continue
campaigning and educating in sex, as well as researching the area and educating
To find out more about Dr Boynton's work use the links below.