Exploring social value research impact

Published: 14 February 2022

Two UofG events explore social enterprise through research impact

Social enterprise offers an alternative route to impact for university researchers. Following the successful launch of the Innovating the Future initiative, Research & Innovation Services are launching an event series to support and inspire colleagues to think about an alternative set of models for academic spin out opportunities for all academic colleagues. Our goal is to build an innovative social entrepreneurial ecosystem, delivering high-impact world-leading research from all disciplinary foci to the populations who will benefit most.

Would you like to increase the impact of your research through a mission-driven social enterprise? Join us at our first two events:

In Place of War

We are delighted to welcome Ruth Daniel from In Place of War; a charity spin-out from the University of Manchester, who will discuss her experiences of spinning out of the University of Manchester and developing the charity on 28 February at 13:00.

In Place of War's vision is to live in a world where creativity conquers conflict. In Place of War is a global organisation that uses artistic creativity in places of conflict as a tool for positive change. We enable grassroots change-makers in music, theatre and across the arts to transform cultures of violence and suffering into hope, opportunity and freedom.

In Place of War started in 2004 as a research project at the University of Manchester. Initial research findings spurred practical programming. Today, we work in conflict situations across 26 countries, primarily in Africa, the Middle East, Latin America and the Balkans.

Evidence to Impact

The University of Glasgow's IP & Innovation team are delighted to welcome Sally Good and Paul Harrod from Evidence to Impact on 25 April at 12:00; a social enterprise spin-out from the University of Bristol and Cardiff University.

Evidence to Impact is a not for profit company that improves public health. We bridge the gap between public health research and the people who need it the most, by developing products and services that maximise the impact of academic research.We do not provide ‘good ideas’ or ‘things worth trying’. Our aim is to put the proof into practice.

One of the programmes run by Evidence to Impact is the ASSIST programme which combines a ‘gold standard’ RCT with an innovative approach to reduce adolescent smoking prevalence. The most influential 12 and 13 year old students are identified and trained to work as peer supporters who then have informal conversations with their friends about the risks of smoking and the benefits of remaining smoke-free.

First published: 14 February 2022