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Becky Inkster wins VC's Impact & Public Engagement Award

Researchers from across the University have been recognised for the impact of their work on society, and engagement with research in the inaugural Vice-Chancellor’s Impact Awards and Public Engagement with Research Awards.

In 2015, the University of Cambridge received a one-year £65k Catalyst Seed Fundgrant fromResearch Councils UK to embed high quality public engagement with 

research and bring about culture change at an institutional level.

The Public Engagement with Research Awards were set up to recognise and reward those who undertake quality engagement with research. 69 nominations were received from across all Schools.

Cambridge Neuroscientist Dr Becky Inkster (Department of Psychiatry) was recognised in these awards.

Dr Inkster’s work work explores the intersection of art and science through the prism of mental health research. Dr Inkster has successfully collaborated with The Scarabeus Theatre in a performance called Depths of My Mind and founded the website HipHopPsych, showcasing the latest psychiatry research through hip hop lyrics. Her approach has allowed her to engage with hard-to-reach teenage audiences, encouraging them to reflect

on their own mental health. Beyond this work she has explored the use of social media to diagnose mental illness, and has gathered patient perspectives on ethics, privacy and data sharing in preparation for research publication.

Posted on 11/07/2016

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