Training and Guidance

UPDATE: The University has launched a MOOC on Research Impact, as part of the legacy activities funded by the BBSRC's Impact With Excellence competition. This four-week course is aimed at researchers of any discipline and covers the principles of impact, impact planning, public engagement, connecting with stakeholders and includes internal and external contributors. Registration for the MOOC is open and free; the course begins 22 October 2018. See the introductory video and register for the course at: https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/research-impact.

Throughout the year we deliver a number of training opportunities and provide one-to-one guidance, training offered includes:

  • the impact-related modules in the University's Researcher Development Programme, covering a general introduction to impact (how to interrogate your research and articulate an impact strategy), an introduction to knowledge exchange and public engagement, and College-specific modules to help with the challenges of Fellowship and grant applications and Pathways to Impact.
  • Presentations to units, centres, institutes and other groups on 'Top Tips for Research & Impact', aimed at communicating key insights and immediate actions that can be of immediate benefit to individual researchers. These are normally organised by your unit's central administrator, so check with them first to see if this has taken place. To arrange a Top Tips roadshow, contact Jess McDonald.
  • We offer events throughout the year that address various aspects of knowledge exchange and research impact; all staff are welcome and we try to shape the content around the feedback and suggestions received from attendees at previous events. Alongside the annual KE and Impact Conference, there have been lunchtime sessions on engaging with industry; building your academic digital profile; impacts in the policy arena, etc. All the slides from these events are available on our Moodle site: Knowledge Exchange & Impact: Information & Resources. Log in with your GUID; the site is open to all. The Moodle site also contains useful tools and tips on planning your impact, using social media to promote your research, collecting research impact evidence and more.

Rose-Marie Barbeau, our Research Impact Manager, works closely with the impact managers in the Colleges to provide advice on impact plans, bids for KE Fund or Impact Acceleration Accounts, impact summaries and Pathways to Impact in grant applications, public engagement evaluation for impact purposes, and other issues related to impact planning. College contacts are as follows: