The annual UEA Innovation and Impact Awards celebrate the remarkable research and entrepreneurial spirit of UEA staff, students and graduates, as well as the important collaborative work with our valued partners beyond the University. The Awards recognise and reward projects which are changing lives, helping shape our understanding of the world, and addressing local and global challenges.

2022 Finalists Announced

Finalists have now been announced for the 2022 Innovation and Impact Awards.

Entries were submitted across seven categories, with finalists selected following a rigorous judging process. The judging panel included senior colleagues from across UEA, alongside representatives from partner organisations Archant, Aviva, Barclays, Marshall Aerospace, Norwich Film Festival and TechEast.

Winners will be announced at the awards ceremony on Tuesday 10 May at The Assembly House in Norwich, which will also be livestreamed. If you would like to watch the ceremony, please contact for more information on joining via livestream. You can learn more about last year’s winners and finalists on YouTube and in the brochure below. To keep up to date with the latest news about the Awards follow @UEAIIAwards on Twitter.

2022 Finalist Project Names and Leads

Award for Student or Graduate Innovation & Enterprise

Bare Kind; Lucy Jeffrey (School of Biological Sciences/Norwich Business School alumna)

Greenr; Thomas Panton (School of International Development), Hugo Douglas-Deane (alumnus) and Emma Andrews (alumna)

Teleport; Jonathan Foo (Norwich Business School alumnus) 

Consultancy Project of the Year

Automated Video Identification of Marine Species (AVIMS); Dr Michal Mackiewicz, Dr Mark Fisher and Geoffrey French (School of Computing Sciences)

Improving Animal Nutrition; Prof Charles Brearley and Dr Hayley Whitfield (School of Biological Sciences)

2022 State of the World's Volunteerism Report; Prof Anna Robinson-Pant (School of Education and Lifelong Learning), Dr Jurgen Grotz (Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences), Dr Christopher Millora (School of Education and Lifelong Learning) and Dr Catherine Jere (School of International Development) 

Outstanding Social or Cultural Impact

Only Love Matters: A Creative, Critical Exploration of Intersex Characters in English Language Films; Kamran Qureshi (School of Art, Media and American Studies)

Paston Footprints; Dr Karen Smyth (School of Literature, Drama and Creative Writing)

Radio Drama as Lifeline: UEA and Audio Drama during the Pandemic; Prof Richard J. Hand (School of Art, Media and American Studies)  

Outstanding Impact in Policy and Practice

Break Staying Close Staying Connected; Dr Jeanette Cossar and Julie Young (School of Social Work)

Sequencing Covid-19 genomes to inform public health policy; Prof Robert Kingsley (School of Biological Sciences/Quadram Institute Bioscience)

Visually communicating assessments of climate change to global audiences; Dr Jordan Harold (School of Psychology), Dr Irene Lorenzoni (School of Environmental Sciences) and Prof Kenny Coventry (School of Psychology) 

Outstanding Impact in Health, Wellbeing and Welfare

CAVA (Continuous Ambulatory Vestibular Assessment) – a novel diagnostic system to detect dizziness and improve the health and wellbeing of patients; Dr John Phillips (Norwich Medical School), Prof Stephen Cox (School of Computing Sciences) and Dr Jacob Newman (Norwich Medical School)

The COVID-19 pandemic: its impact on socio-economic inequality in mental health and inequity in access to health care; Dr Apostolos Davillas (Norwich Medical School)

Headucate; Amy Zile (School of Health Sciences), Tory Selwyn (Norwich Medical School) and Becci Howard (Norwich Medical School)  

Partnership of the Year

INOGOV – Innovations in Climate Governance; Dr Johanna Forster (School of International Development/Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research) and Prof Andrew Jordan (School of Environmental Sciences/Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research)

The Norwich Good Economy Commission (NGEC); Dr Noel Longhurst (School of Environmental Sciences) and Prof Catherine Waddams (Norwich Business School)

Sustainable Health Systems and Workforce Development through a Collaborative Workforce Transformation Academy; Dr Carolyn Jackson (School of Health Sciences)  

Outstanding Commercialisation of Research

Cellexcel Ltd; Prof G. Richard Stephenson (School of Chemistry)

Commercial exploitation of artificial intelligence to enhance and automate seabed mapping; Dr Wenjia Wang and Dr Ben Milner (School of Computing Sciences)

The UEA Publishing Project; Nathan Hamilton (Interdisciplinary Institute for the Humanities)  

Chancellor's Award for Outstanding Achievement

Future and Form of Literature; Prof Henry Sutton (School of Literature, Drama and Creative Writing)  



Innovation & Impact Awards Winners 2021

Guest Judge: Melanie Craig, NHS Norfolk and Waveney Clinical Commissioning Group

Dr Felix Naughton and Prof Caitlin Notley for The C-19 health behaviour and wellbeing daily tracker study   

Guest Judge: Glen Webster, Barclays

James Beavis and Muhammed Ozsoy for Squiish Ltd  

Guest Judge: Fiona McDiarmid, Norse Group

Prof Andrew Fearne for ‘Who Buys My Food?’ - From insight to action: Transforming small-scale food and drink businesses

Guest Judge: Mel Pascale, Big C

Prof Sara Connolly, Prof Kevin Daniels, Dr Helen Fitzhugh for Developing evidence-based wellbeing approaches to help improve wellbeing and productivity across the Police Force for England and Wales.

Guest Judge: Stephen Crocker, Norwich Theatre

Dr Andrew G Mayes for Skeletons in the kitchen cupboard: Revealing Hidden Plastic in Tea Bags  

Guest Judge: Lorna Willis, Archant

Prof Jonathan Todd and Dr Ana Bermejo Martinez for Bioacrylic acid production from Seaweed

Guest Judge: Matt Windle, Lotus

Dr Michael Grey, Prof Michael Hornberger, Dr Sarah Hanson and Ellen Boucher for The SCORES Project  

Presented by Karen Jones CBE, Chancellor, UEA

Norwich Testing Initiative 

Colleagues from across UEA and Norwich Research Park


Innovation Fellows

UEA is full of talented and driven innovators leading the way in their field. Our Innovation Fellowships recognise those who have a truly outstanding track record of achievement and entrepreneurship, with the award of a bursary allowing them to further their work. 

Our current Innovation Fellows provide informal inspiration and guidance to those along various stages of their own entrepreneurial journey, exemplifying our commitment to impact locally, nationally and internationally across different sectors.