35 nominees were shortlisted for the inaugural King’s Engaged Research Awards. Created by King’s Engaged Researcher Network (KERN), the awards aim to recognise and celebrate impactful public and community engagement with research across King’s.

ARC public involvement and engagement shortlised at the Awards included:

KERN Award for a co-developing a public involvement strategy in palliative care Marion and Catherine

Photos by Jack Latimer.

Photo: Prof Catherine Evans (left), King's College London and Marion Sumerfield (centre), public involvement member and Sarah Crabtree, research assistant, Cicely Saunders Institute (CSI) receiving their award for transforming research culture.

This is a real honour to be awarded one of the first KERN Awards. Collaboration in research is at the heart of how the CSI works with patients, their families, carers and those close to them. It is focused on providing better support for everyone when they need Palliative and End of Life Care. We welcome anyone who would like to contribute to our shared work at CSI Public Involvement Forum or you can contact csi.ppi@kcl.ac.uk

Marion Sumerfield, public involvement member, CSI

KERN Award D word winners

Photo: Sarah Crabtree, Catherine Evans and Emel Yorganci, EMBED-Care, palliative and end of life care researcher team. 

This award has only been made possible through the dedicated collaboration between staff and public members over many years.

Sarah Crabtree, research assistant and public involvement, Cicely Saunders Institute, King's College London

It was touching to see the astonishment and incredulity with which the winners accepted their [King's Engaged Research] Awards. This showed the humility of people who invest so much effort in research that truly matters to people. We felt proud to have made the shortlist and humbled to be in such company.

Vita Moltedo

Vita Moltedo, peer researcher, project team for the MORE study

KERN Awards maternity and perinatal mental health theme

Photo: The maternity and perinatal mental health theme from left (Mary Newburn, Tania Sutedja, Vita Moltedo, Zenab Barry, Abigail Easter, Kaat de Backer, Jane Sandall and Zoe Vowles.

Read more about the King’s Engaged Researcher Network