The Inclusion and Diversity Prize is awarded to recognise an individual or team's contribution and impact in promoting and improving the accessibility, inclusivity and diversity of the chemical science community.
- Run annually
- The winner receives £5000, a medal and a certificate, to be presented at a Royal Society of Chemistry event
- Prize winners are chosen by the Inclusion and Diversity Prize Committee
2022 Inclusion & Diversity Prize Winner
Sign Language Incorporation in Chemistry Education (SLICE) Team
For pioneering and disseminating an innovative sign language lexicon to facilitate the learning of organic chemistry by d/Deaf and hard of hearing students.
Guidelines for nominators
- Nominations open 18 October.
- Nominations close 18 January, 17:00 GMT
- Reference deadline 25 January, 17:00 GMT
- Both RSC members and non-members can nominate for this prize
- Nominees may nominate themselves
- We will not consider nominations of deceased individuals.
- Individuals named in any of the following roles during the nomination and judging period are not eligible to nominate, be nominated (as an individual or as part of a team) or provide a reference:
- Inclusion and Diversity Prize Committee members
- RSC Subject Community Presidents
- RSC Prize Committee members
- Trustees of the Royal Society of Chemistry
- Royal Society of Chemistry staff
- The prize is open to nominees based in the UK or internationally
- Both individuals and teams can be nominated
- There are no career stage restrictions associated with this prize
- When nominating previous RSC prize winners, please remember that a person cannot be awarded twice for substantially the same body of work
- Nominees should only be nominated once for this prize in any given prize cycle. In cases where we receive more than one nomination for the same nominee, only one nomination will go forward to judging.
- Starting from the 2023 cycle, unsuccessful nominations for this prize will automatically rollover to the next prize cycle, unless the nominee’s circumstances have changed so as to make them ineligible, in relation to the eligibility criteria for the prize as outlined above. We encourage nominators to update their nomination between cycles when the nomination window is open. Nominations will be considered for two consecutive prize cycles.
To make a nomination, please use our online nominations system to submit the following information:
- Your name and contact details. The RSC reserves the right to amend nominations if necessary to ensure the anonymity of the nominator.
- Your nominee's name(s) and contact details
- For individual nominations only, an up to date CV for the nominee (no longer than one A4 side, 11pt text) which should include a summary of their education and career
- A short citation describing what the nominee should be awarded for. This must be no longer than 250 characters (including spaces) and no longer than one sentence
- A supporting statement (up to 750 words) addressing the selection criteria. Our guidance for nominators page has more information on writing this supporting statement.
- The name and contact details of one referee. For a team nomination, the reference should be for the team as a whole.
- The reference should be a maximum of 750 words. Referees will be asked to state their relationship (if any) with the nominee and note any conflicts of interest.
- All references must be submitted through the online system by the reference deadline, 25 January, 17:00 GMT. Nominations will not go forward to judging without a completed reference. Please ensure you submit your referee's details in plenty of time, to allow them sufficient opportunity to provide their reference.
- As soon you submit your referee’s details, they will receive an automated e-mail with a link to submit their reference. Please contact email@example.com as soon as possible if you experience any issues with this.
- It is the nominator’s responsibility to ensure that the referee is aware of the nomination, that they should expect an e-mail invitation to submit their reference, and that they are aware of what is required to ensure that the reference is submitted before the deadline.
- All referees will receive one e-mail reminder from RSC staff in the week before the reference deadline.
The RSC reserves the right to rescind any prize if there are reasonable grounds to do so. All nominators will be asked to confirm that to the best of their knowledge there is no impediment, relating to professional conduct, to their nominee receiving this prize. All prize winners will be asked to sign the RSC’s Code of Conduct Declaration for Recognition.Make a nomination
Selection Criteria and Judging Panel
Our selection committees base their evaluations on the overall quality of relevant contributions and achievements by nominees, in relation to the selection criteria listed below.
The selection committee will consider the following aspects of all nominations for the Inclusion and Diversity Prize as appropriate:
- Implementing initiatives to promote a more inclusive and diverse community
- Championing diversity through leadership and new policies and/or through research
- Extent of engagement with the intended audience
- Originality and innovation
- Impact (may be relevant to any audiences, including different age groups, career stages and sectors)
Inclusion and Diversity Prize Committee
- Marina Resmini, Queen Mary University of London (Chair)
- Alan Armstrong, Imperial College London
- Martin Hollins, Athena Forum
- Ross McLaughlin, Sellafield Ltd
- Vincent Nyamori, University of KwaZulu-Natal
- Elizabeth Rowsell, Johnson Matthey Technology Centres
- Baljit Thatti, Kingston University
History of the prize
The Inclusion and Diversity Prize was first established in 2017 as a biennial Prize to recognise the work of individuals and teams in promoting and improving the accessibility, inclusivity and diversity of the chemical science community.
The Prize became annual in 2021. Click here to read more about this change.
Re-thinking recognition: Science prizes for the modern world
This report is the result of an independent review of our recognition programmes. Our aim in commissioning this review was to ensure that our recognition portfolio continues to deliver the maximum impact for chemical scientists, chemistry and society.
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