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.

Back for 2022!

The Innovation and Impact Awards will be back in Spring 2022. Watch this space for more information on the finalists and ceremony. 

If you are a UEA student, graduate or a member of staff and would like to enter, view our Awards page for more details (login required). 

Explore the brochures below to find out more about previous Award winners and finalists, follow the Awards on Twitter for regular updates (including on the Innovation and Impact Awards 2022), and take a look at the UEA for Business Youtube channel.

2021 Awards

The 2021 Awards ceremony took place online on Thursday 17 June.  You can watch the ceremony again below, along with the finalist and winners' videos, to find out more about the projects.


The judging panel, chaired by Prof Fiona Lettice, was joined by a guest judge for each category who also presented the category award. We are grateful to colleagues from partner organisations  Archant, Barclays, Big C, Lotus Cars, NHS Norfolk and Waveney, Norse and Norwich Theatre for sharing their time, knowledge and expertise. The Chancellor's Award for Outstanding Achievement was introduced by UEA's Chancellor, Karen Jones CBE.



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.