Impact Academy - 2021/22 Programme

Impact Academy provides training and development opportunities to improve your understanding of research impact and build your skills to maximise the societal, economic and environmental impact of your research. The programme, delivered by external experts and specialist staff from the University’s Research and Enterprise Office, covers all aspects of the research impact lifecycle and offers opportunities for academic, research and professional services staff of all levels. 

Summer Term 2022

Beyond Westminster: An introduction to devolved, local and regional government structures

25 May 2022 10am to 4pm
Event Organiser: Showrunner Communications

Learn about policy making in the UK outside of Westminster and Whitehall. Through presentations, cases studies and interactive exercises this workshop will explore how local government works, the role of metro mayors and the powers held by devolved governments in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. This session is aimed at academic and research staff at all levels. 

After this session you will be able to:

  • Recognise local and devolved government structures across the UK
  • Understand local and devolved political and policymaking processes
  • Have an insight into how academic research and expertise can impact policy at a local level

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Research Impact in the Research Excellence Framework

26 May 2022 12pm to 1pm 
Event Organiser: Research Impact Team

Impact was introduced to the Research Excellence Framework (REF), the system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions, in 2014 and for the 2014 and 2021 assessments, HEIs were required to submit impact case studies demonstrating the impact of their research on wider society. This introductory webinar will provide an overview of the REF and how research impact is assessed and present examples of impact case studies from a range of disciplines from the University and beyond. This session is aimed at early career researchers and academics not familiar with how impact is assessed in the RE

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Research Impact: What, Why, When, How? Now!

1 June 2022 1pm to 2pm
Event Organiser: Research Impact Team

Building impact into your research requires you to have a clear understanding of what impact is and how to integrate impact practices into the research process. This 1 hour introductory webinar provides an insight into research impact with an overview of how impact can be planned for, generated and evidenced. The session will also introduce you to online tools and resources to support the understanding and generation of research impact. Delivered through the NEWCOMERS researcher development programme, this session is aimed at PhD students and early career researchers. 

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Capturing and Evidencing Research Impact

8 June 2022 12pm to 1pm
Event Organiser: Research Impact Team

Capturing and evidencing engagement and impact is important for researchers particularly in relation to impact case studies for the Research Excellence Framework (REF), but also in reporting to funding bodies and external partners. This interactive session will give an overview of how to use the Impact Module of the Research Information System (RIS) to document engagement and impact and record evidence. Some examples of the types of evidence that could be used to evidence the impact of your research will be provided along with practical tips on collecting it. This session is aimed at academic and research staff at all levels.

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Storytelling for Policy

15 June 10am to 1pm
Event Organiser: Open Innovation Team, HM Government

Researchers often reflect that it’s difficult to explain their research to policymakers. Policymakers are busy and are rarely experts, lacking the context, deep background or technical expertise related to research. Storytelling techniques are used by journalists and policymakers themselves to help simplify complexity, grab attention, and communicate information. This training is aimed at researchers at all levels who want to influence policymakers, and are keen to improve their communication skills to make their engagement as impactful as possible. The training explores storytelling techniques in general, and can be applied to written work as well as interviews or public speaking. This session is aimed at academic and research staff and PGR students.

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Public Engagement 101 

6 July 2022 12pm to 1pm
Event Organiser: Research Impact Team

Effective public engagement with research can be a viable route to generating research impact. This 1-hour webinar will introduce you to public engagement with research and why it’s important. The session will outline the National Coordinating Centre for Public Engagement’s (NCCPE) 4 principles for effective engagement purposepeopleprocessevaluation, will highlight different methods of engagement, how to identify your target audience and how best to engage them. This session is aimed at academic, research and professional services staff at all levels and PGR students.

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