If you want to know how to write winning Pathways to Impact, achieve more impact from your research and make sure everyone knows about it, read on…
A one day intensive workshop - Fast Track the Impact of Your Research - on 12th June 2019 at UCL in London from 9.30 am to 4.30 pm.
The aim is to enable you to write winning impacts sections for your grant applications, maximise the impact of your research and write 4 STAR REF2021 case studies.
The programme will be delivered by Fast Track Impact:
“People leave our training armed with powerful tools and techniques that they can implement immediately to create a step change in the impact of their research.”
This session will give you everything you need to generate and communicate real-world impacts from your research. You will learn about practical tools to time-efficiently increase the significance and reach of your impact. You will also have the opportunity to learn how to develop a top-scoring impact case study for REF2021. The training is based on the latest research evidence and takes a unique relational approach to deliver wide-reaching and lasting impacts. As part of the session you will receive your own copy of the second edition of The Research Impact Handbook.
Who is it for?
This workshop is aimed at academics at all levels – from PhD candidates and ECRs to established researchers - and is designed to provide you with time-efficient tools you can use immediately to achieve genuine and lasting impacts - without having to work longer hours. Relevant to you, whatever your discipline.
- Learn about evidence-based principles for delivering research impact when you don’t have much time
- Discover easy and quick-to-use templates you can use immediately to:
• Prioritise stakeholders and publics to engage with first
• Create a powerful impact plan that will guarantee your research makes a difference without wasting your time
- Find out what made a 4 impact case study, based on research into high versus low-scoring cases in REF2014, and how expectations are changing for REF2021
- Learn how to track, evaluate and evidence impact, discovering time-efficient ways to keep track of impacts as they arise, design an impact evaluation that convincingly attributes impacts to your research and consider how you can turn evaluation findings into citable evidence for REF2021
- Build visibility and credibility for your research online. Understand the power and the pitfalls of using social media professionally, and find out how to become influential and drive research impacts online without risking your time or reputation
- Learn how to get your research into policy, wherever you work in the world, by building trust, working with intermediaries and designing effective policy briefs
- Option to access a FREE follow-on programme online:
After the workshop, you are invited to an optional free follow-up programme over five weeks, so you can apply what you have learned. You can work through these steps yourself from the handbook, but by signing up to take these steps online, you get access to extra material. Each step consist of a 6 minute video with accompanying text and tasks. Prof Reed continues to answer all questions from participants via email after the course.
About the trainer
Prof Mark Reed is a recognized international expert in impact research with >150 publications that have been cited >14,000 times. He holds a Research England & N8 funded Chair at Newcastle University, is research lead for an international charity, and has won awards for the impact of his research.
Fast Track Impact is an international training company working in the Higher Education and research and innovation sectors. Its mission is to change the way researchers generate and share knowledge, so that their ideas can change the world.
Morning - start: 9.30am
Session 1: Impact – what works?
• Thinking tools: What is impact?
• Presentation and small group discussion: what works?
Session 2: Fast track the impact of your research
• Practical tools for busy researchers
o Prioritising which stakeholders and publics to engage with first
o Planning for impact efficiently and effectively
o Taking the pain out of impact tracking
• Free Fast Track Impact resources
Session 3: What makes a 4 STAR impact case study in REF?
• Why is REF relevant for ECRs?
• Impact in REF2021
• What makes a 4 STAR case study?
• Evidencing impact
Session 4: How to write a winning pathway to impact
How to write a winning pathway to impact in your next grant application
Session 5: The digital academic
Make your digital footprint work for you, to build visibility and credibility for your research online. Understand the power and the pitfalls of using social media professionally, and find out how to become influential and drive research impacts in this space
Session 6: Working with policy-makers – a relational approach
Learn how to get your research into policy, wherever you work in the world, by building trust, working with intermediaries and designing effective policy briefs
You will also get:
- A free copy of the Research Impact Handbook
- An optional free 5 week follow-up programme, with a 6 minute video each week plus accompanying text and tasks. This will help you to apply what you learn, and significantly increase your chances of achieving impacts.
What people are saying about this course:
"The idea of planning for impact is particularly informative and gave me an insight into how I will engage with stakeholders."
"I've learned how to be strategic [about impact] and ask myself self hard questions."
"Managing my project in this way, identifying possible stakeholders and thinking of risks has never crossed my mind."
"Its been really useful to structure my thinking about impact and plan for impact."
"I will be much more specific and measurable in impact parts of future grant applications"
“Sharing stories of success as well as failure was very inspiring.”
“The group discussion around what impact is, and the templates were very useful.”
“The best workshop I’ve been on this year”
"Wonderfully insightful, useful and energising."
When and where?
Wednesday 12th June 2019
From 9.30 am to 4.30 pm (times t.b.c.)
Venue: UCL Interaction Centre - University College London, 2nd floor 66-72 Gower Street, London, WC1E 6BT
Joining instructions will be sent out at least 2 weeks in advance.
- Workshop attendance & any supporting materials that may be provided
- A free copy of the acclaimed Research Impact Handbook
- Optional free 5 week online follow-up programme
- Refreshments (tea/coffee/water)
- A simple sandwich lunch
How much does it cost?
- There is no registration fee.
- Please only register if you are absolutely sure that you can attend, so that you don’t deprive someone else of a place.
- You will need to meet your own travel and accommodation costs
How to register
Register online here.
Joining instructions will be sent out about 1 week before the event.