Focus group - current academic understandings of ‘research impact' (Holyroo...
We would like to invite you to participate in a focus group exploring how academics working in different disciplines at the University of Edinburgh are interpreting and responding to the idea of ‘research impact’. The aims of the project are simply to get a better understanding of how academics working in different disciplines think about and approach the idea of ‘research impact’, to explore whether there are any opportunities for cross-disciplinary learning and to consider whether there are any shared concerns. We are planning to gather the views of academics working across the university. We are keen to hear from any academic, at any career stage, would like to share their views about ‘research impact’ (whether negative, positive, ambivalent or mixed). The research is funded by the School of Social and Political Science, where the lead researchers, Dr Kat Smith (Social Policy) and Justyna Bandola-Gill (Science, Technology & Innovation Studies) are based.
The focus group is taking place from 12.30-2pm on December 1st in room 1.26, Paterson’s Land. It will last between 60 and 90 minutes and lunch will be provided.
All data will be anonymised and the results will be written up in journal articles and a co-authored book on the topic of research impact. We will also be writing a SKAPE (http://www.skape.ed.ac.uk/) blog to summarise findings, which we will send to all interested participants/Schools.
If you have any questions about the research at any point, please feel free to contact either of the research leads:
Justyna Bandola-Gill, PhD Student, Science, Technology & Innovation Studies, School of Social & Political Science, University of Edinburgh, Old Surgeons' Hall (room 1.03), High School Yards Edinburgh EH1 1LZ
Web page: http://www.stis.ed.ac.uk/people/our_students/justyna_bandola-gill
Dr Katherine Smith, Reader - Global Public Health Unit, Social Policy, School of Social & Political Science, University of Edinburgh, Chrystal Macmillan Building (room 2.27), 15a George Square, Edinburgh EH8 9LD
Tel: +44(0)131 651 1323, E-mail: Katherine.Smith@ed.ac.uk