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Investing in Impact
The University’s REF Impact Steering Group has approved a programme of co-ordinated support for impact case study authors, in the run up to REF 2021. Following on from an initial £100,000 impact acceleration fund in 2015-16, the group have approved the use of an additional £283,000, in externally secured funds, between 2018 and 2021.
The investment to support academic colleagues will be used to deliver: (1) an annual Research Impact Conference; (2) an extensive programme of impact workshops, including support from nationally-leading experts on REF impact; and (3) continued dedicated funding to develop individual REF impact case studies.
Celebrating Research Impact Conference
The inaugural Celebrating Research Impact Conference took place on Thursday 21 June 2018, presenting and celebrating the high impact research taking place at Keele. Attendees not only heard directly from fellow academic colleagues, but also heard plenary talks by Catriona Firth, Deputy REF Manager at Research England, and Paul Manners, Director of the National Coordinating Centre for Public Engagement.
Presentations from the event are now available to download via our Celebrating Research Impact Conference page.
Impact Development Programme
In Autumn 2018, Keele will launch a programme of workshops to support academic colleagues to develop impact case studies and impact of current and future research. Presenters will include Professor Mark Reed of Fast Track Impact, New Economics Foundation Consulting, Parliamentary Office of Science & Technology, Government Open Innovation Team and Saskia Walcott (formerly Head of Communications & Public Engagement for the ESRC).
The programme so far includes:
- 4-5 September 2018 - Impact masterclasses for authors of impact case studies in development, delivered by Fast Track Impact
- 17-19 October 2018 - Impact case study writing workshops, delivered by Saskia Walcott
- 8 November 2018 - International development with last impact, delivered by Fast Track Impact
- December 2018 (TBC) - Evidencing economic impacts of research
- January 2019 (TBC) - Achieving and evidencing health impact
- February 2019 (TBC) - Achieving and evidencing policy impact
Further information on these workshops, and details on how to book, will be available in the coming weeks.
Funding for Impact Case Study Development
In 2015-16, £100,000 of external funding was distributed to support impact development. During 2017-18 and 2018-19, a second phase of funding for individual case study development, totalling £90,000, will be allocated to provide support to our academic colleagues to develop impact case studies for REF 2021 (£40,000 to be spent by 31 July 2018, and a further £50,000 to be spent between 1 August 2018 and 31 July 2019).
To date, £71,000 of this funding has been allocated to support 26 impact case studies from across the University.
How can I get support on research impact?
For support on developing an impact case study, please contact your Faculty Partnership Development colleague: