This month saw the annual Open University Research Excellence Awards take place, held at the MK DoubleTree Hilton Hotel at the MKDons Stadium in Milton Keynes. Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell was the guest speaker; the astrophysicist who co-discovered the first radio pulsars in 1967.
It was a delight to have so many SPS staff nominated and shortlisted:
- Ian Wright was awarded the 50th Anniversary Prize
- Taff Morgan was awarded the prize for Outstanding Impact of Research on Society and Prosperity
- John Barnes, Carole Haswell and Dan Staab, were runners up in Best External Collaboration
- The Centre for Electronic Imaging were runners up in Best External Collaboration
- The OpenScience Observatories (led by Ulrich Kolb) were runners up in Outstanding Impact on Teaching, Curriculum and Students
We also congratulate Marcus Lohr who was shortlisted in the Early Career Researcher category, a particular achievement because this category had a very large number of nominations.