Vitae Impact, Culture and Engagement (ICE) Awards 2024

Recognising the Contribution of the Researcher Development Community

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Is there a colleague demonstrating impactful work who you feel should be celebrated and recognised? Nominate them now

Following a successful inaugural year, we are delighted to be running the Vitae Impact, Culture, and Engagement (ICE) Awards again in 2024. The final awards ceremony will be held on Monday 23 September as part of the Vitae International Researcher Development Conference Gala dinner at The Rep, Birmingham, UK. 

The second year of the Vitae Impact, Culture, and Engagement (ICE) Awards aims to celebrate and highlight the impactful and innovative work carried out by the researcher development community, acknowledging the significant contributions it makes towards helping researchers reach their full potential.  

The impact of the Vitae ICE Awards 2023  

In 2023, we received 55 nominations from across 33 institutions, showcasing the fantastic breadth of work undertaken and the real depth of its impact. Taking part positively impacted nominees and the colleagues who nominated them, and the winners have put their prize money to good use in service of the wider researcher development community.  

How can I nominate a colleague for the Vitae ICE Awards 2024? 

Nominations are open now and will close on Friday 14 June 2024 at 5pm GMT+1. You can nominate a colleague for one of the following categories:  

The categories for the awards are:    

  • Newcomer of the Year  

  • Outstanding Contribution  

  • Research Culture Impact through Researcher Development  

  • Innovative and Inclusive Practice 

We recommend that you review the full criteria and nomination process before submitting your nomination.   

You may also find it useful to review the longlist and shortlist from the Vitae ICE Awards 2023 for inspiration and guidance.  

Can I apply to be part of the judging process? 

Applications to be apart of the 2024 community panel have now closed, please contact if you would be interested in taking part next year.

I loved taking part in the shortlisting process, which very much had inclusion at its heart.  The organisers have been incredibly friendly and supportive in their communications and instructions."

Denise Cole,  EDI Officer, Loughborough University, Vitae ICE Awards 2023 panellist

Yes! We are forming a community panel, who will review and shortlist the nominations. 

Members of last year’s community panel spoke of the process as inclusive and enriching, and a real privilege. Involvement will include reading and reviewing a selection of nominations against the judging criteria and attending an optional online meeting to discuss and determine the shortlist.  

We would like this panel to have representatives from across our community, so please do submit a short application if you are interested 

Are there opportunities for sponsoring the Vitae ICE Awards 2024? 

There are opportunities at multiple levels for those interested in supporting the awards. Please contact for further information.  

Important Links 

See last year’s longlist, shortlist, and winners