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Introduction to Impact– engaging with policymakers

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Thursday 24 October 2019, 13:00–14:30
Doctoral School
Doctoral School
01248 382357

Impact generated from your research is an increasingly important part of academia. Impact means the changes, or benefits your research has in society – so in this Introduction to Impact training course we will focus on the basics of how to plan for and generate changes from your research for non-academic beneficiaries. You can effect changes within academia via your research outputs, collaborations and teaching but impact in this sense means making a difference in the wider world. 

All major research funders (e.g. RCUK) require an impact plan at the proposal-writing stage and so it is important to think about the impact your research could have from the outset. Measuring the impact of research helps to justify government investment in research activities, ensuring we put ‘knowledge to work’ for as many beneficiaries as possible. Identifying and engaging with the potential end users of your research from as early as possible is critical in co-producing relevant research questions and maximising potential impacts in society. 

Equally important, you can fast track your own research career based on the reach and significance of your research, as impact is now a legitimate criterion for academic promotion. Some of the best impact stories have PhD students’ work at the heart of them and so come along and learn how to plan a range of pathways that can lead to impact, through to tracking, capturing and communicating your impact to a wide range of audiences. 

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