Fitzwilliam College alumna Professor Catherine Barnard (Law 1986) has been awarded a Cambridge University Vice-Chancellor’s Public Engagement with Research Award.
The Vice-Chancellor’s Public Engagement with Research Awards were set up to recognise and reward those who undertake quality engagement with research. Each winner receives a £1000 personal cash prize and a trophy.
In the run up to the EU membership referendum, Barnard, who is Professor of European Law at Cambridge’s Faculty of Law, developed a range of outputs to explain key issues at stake including migration, which forms the basis of her research, in addition to the wider EU law remit. Harnessing the timeliness of the political climate, Barnard’s videos, online articles, radio and TV interviews have supported her engagement across 12 town hall events from Exeter to Newcastle, an open prison and round-table discussions with various public groups. She has also provided a number of briefing sessions to major political party MPs and peers. She has become a trusted public figure, and researcher, on EU law, Brexit and surrounding issues, ensuring that the voices of those key to the research process are heard and listened to.
Professor Barnard is giving this year’s Foundation Lecture (16 November) entitled: ‘Me, (E)U and Brexit’.