Webinar: Developing and embedding a research impact strategy

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Registration for this webinar will close on Sunday 4th of March.


Significant investment is made every year by governments into university research. For example, in 2015 alone £8 billion was spent by the UK higher education sector on research. As most university research funding is supported by public funds, to demonstrate return on investment and to maintain and improve the high quality of research undertaken within universities, government policies in recent years have sought to introduce frameworks for the systematic planning, reporting and evaluation of impact. Universities are under more pressure than ever before to ensure that the right impact skills and knowledge is cultured among their researchers, and, that the appropriate support mechanisms and research environment is available to them.

Despite the increased importance of planning for and demonstrating impact and the strong funder requirements around this, institutional support remains at the relatively early stages of embeddedness and naturally it remains an area many academics feel ill-equipped to tackle. Impact is not meant to be an ‘add-on’ or an afterthought to a project. On an institutional level - to be truly effective - impact must be embedded in the institution’s research culture. A well developed and implemented institutional research impact strategy can do just this.

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In this webinar, we will take a deeper look at this topic of developing and embedding institutional impact strategies.

The session will be led by independent consultant and guest speaker, Jenny Ames, who has over 30 years of experience working with universities from all over the United Kingdom. Jenny was the Associate Dean at University of the West of England (Bristol) where she was also Research Impact Lead. She oversaw submissions to Units of Assessment 3, 6 and 22 for REF 2014. In 2017, Jenny was Impact Lead for University Alliance.

The webinar will run for approximately 45 minutes and is aimed at supporting those who want to know more about or are involved in developing and implementing impact strategies at research institutions.

The session will address questions such as:

  • Why should a university develop a research impact strategy?

  • What are the key considerations when developing and implementing a research impact strategy?

  • What are the key components of a research impact strategy?

  • What should be the role of Impact Officers and the Research Office in developing and implementing one?

At the end of the webinar there will also be a brief Q&A session where participants will have the opportunity to pose questions to Jenny and address any concerns they may have.

Who should attend?:

  • REF Managers, Impact Officers, Research Support Officers

  • Academic Impact Leads, or, Impact Champions

  • Directors of Research seeking to understand and develop impact strategies for their department(s)

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