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Research Impact & Public Engagement for Career Success

Wednesday, 22 July 2015 from 13:00 to 14:00 (BST)

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Research impact embraces all the diverse ways that excellent research benefits society, the economy and nations. But how can you ensure you are delivering world-class, innovative impact for the REF 2020?

Public Engagement isn't something new that researchers need to start doing. There is a huge amount of engagement activity already happening but even more than ever funders and policy makers expect it.

Research impact and public engagement should be core parts of every skilled PhD, academic and researcher’s portfolio to help improve communication skills, influencing techniques and attract funding and career opportunities. To help you with developing your portfolio, is holding a FREE 60-minute live video event via a #jobsQ Google+ Hangout called ‘Research Impact & Public Engagement for Career Success.’

By attending this #jobsQ Hangout you will learn:

  • How to develop an impactful research profile, learning from successful examples
  • How to prepare for REF 2020 and what counts
  • How to measure the impact of research using Altmetrics and Open Access
  • How to identify and actively engage relevant stakeholders at appropriate stages
  • What key questions you may get asked about impact and engagement at job interviews
  • How impact and engagement can enrich your career prospects

What is a Google+ Hangout? Google+ Hangouts on Air are live online video events of Q&A sessions with a group of expert panellists. By following us on Google+ you will be able to watch the live online video and gain real insights, top tips and also have an opportunity to get involved in the conversation.

We want to hear from you - our #jobsQ Video Hangouts are a two way conversation between our panel of dedicated experts and you. You can submit questions before the event on the Q&A app, via Twitter or when you register.

Register your place now (click 'Register' button.)

This event is open to anyone and is completely free of charge. Register your interest now and we will send you more details of how you can access the #jobsQ Live Video Hangout nearer the time.

We’re looking forward to having you involved!

Meet the panel

We have picked a panel of experienced, passionate and friendly experts all keen to help answer your questions.

Ann Grand


Ann Grand is a Visiting Fellow at the Open University Institute of Educational Technology and a Research Fellow in the Science Communication Unit at the University of the West of England, Bristol. Her research interests focus on researchers’ practice in digital engagement and how public engagement with research can be supported and facilitated through digital technologies.

Steven HillSteven Hill is Head of the Research Policy at the Higher Education Funding Council for England, where he has responsibility for research funding and assessment. Prior to joining HEFCE Steven was Head of the Strategy Unit at Research Councils UK, covering a range of research policy issues, and had several roles in the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, working on evidence-based policy making. Earlier in his career Steven was a university lecturer at the University of Oxford where his research focussed on plant physiology and biotechnology.


Stacy KonkielStacy Konkiel is a Research Metrics Consultant at Altmetric, a data science company that helps researchers discover the attention their work receives online. She studies incentives systems in academia, research metrics, and disciplinary attitudes towards the idea of “impact”. Since 2008, she has worked at the intersection of Open Science, research impact metrics, and academic library services with teams at Impactstory, Indiana University & PLOS. @altmetric 

Dr Charlotte MathiesonDr Charlotte Mathieson is a Research Fellow in the Institute of Advanced Study (IAS) at the University of Warwick, where she gained her PhD in the Department of English and Comparative Literary Studies in 2011. Her research concerns travel, mobility and space in Victorian literature. In her position at the IAS, Charlotte has been responsible for public engagement activities – including two years as Director of the University of Warwick Book Festival – and she co-ordinates the Academic Careers and Employability programme for early career researchers. She blogs and is on Twitter

Sierra WilliamsSierra Williams 
has been Managing Editor of the LSE Impact blog since January 2013. Sierra previously provided research support for the three-year HEFCE-funded Impact of Social Sciences Project looking at how academic research in the social sciences achieves public policy impacts, contributes to economic prosperity, and informs public understanding of policy issues. Her interests are in open scholarship, the role of expertise in society, and data sharing in the social sciences. She can be found on Twitter @sn_will.


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