Impact Academy - 2022/23 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. 

Spring Term 2023 

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

Wednesday 11 January 2023, 12pm to 1pm

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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Routes to Impact 1: Planning for Impact 

Wednesday 18 January 2023, 1pm to 2pm

Event Organiser: Research Impact Team

The first step to achieving impact is to identify the impacts you want to achieve and incorporate them into your research plan from the outset. Planning for impact includes considering what might change, for whom, to what extent, and when. This 1 hour webinar, will help you to identify who might benefit from your research and introduce you to some useful tools and resources to help you plan activities to maximise the impact of your research. This session is aimed at academic and research staff at all levels.

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Routes to Impact 2: Impact in Funding Applications 

Wednesday 25 January 2023, 12pm to 1pm

Event Organiser: Research Impact Team

The major UK funders are committed to excellent research, which impacts on our economic and social wellbeing. This interactive webinar will focus on writing about impact in funding applications, provide some practical information on how to incorporate impact within your proposal and offer examples of good practice. Although this is a stand-alone session, it may be helpful to attend/watch the webinar for our related training Routes to Impact 1: Planning for Impact. This session is aimed at academic and research staff at all levels.

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Capturing and Evidencing Research Impact 

Wednesday 1 February 2023, 1pm to 2pm

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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Public Engagement Evaluation

Wednesday 8 February 2023, 1pm to 3pm

Event Organiser: Jamie Gallagher

Successful public engagement can benefit research, researchers and the public – but how do you go about demonstrating this change? This workshop will guide you through the best evaluation processes showing you When, Why and crucially How to use evaluation to give you reliable and clear data. Demonstrate success to funders; record Impact for REF; learn how to improve your processes and have a better understanding of the people you are connecting with. This session, funded by the Centre for Public and Policy Engagement, is aimed at academics, research and professional services staff at all levels and PGR students. 

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Documenting Research Impact: How to use the RIS Impact Module 

Wednesday 15 February 2023, 1pm to 1.45pm

Event Organiser: Research Impact Team

The Impact Module of the Research Information System (RIS-IM) is a confidential repository for academic staff to store and track information about their engagement and knowledge exchange activities and the impact of their research outside of the academy. This bitesize online session will give you an overview of the new updated version of the RIS-IM and how to use it to track and document your research impact.

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Impact Culture 

Wednesday 15 March 2023, 1pm to 4.30pm

Event Organiser: Fast Track Impact

In this online workshop, you will discover how you can transform your working environment and create a culture you can belong in. You will be able to discuss practical ideas and creative ways of thinking to re-motivate and inspire you, building on what works and adapting what doesn't, to create a healthy impact culture with your closest colleagues. This session, funded by the ESRC Impact Acceleration Account (IAA 2) programme, is aimed at academic and research staff at all levels and PGR students.

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Storytelling for Policy

Wednesday 22 March 2023, 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.

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