Events and Training

UPEN Conference 2022

UPEN logo Keele University proudly hosted UPEN's 2022 Annual Conference online on Thursday 3 March 2022.

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The Universities Policy Engagement Network (UPEN) is a community of UK universities and policy professionals committed to increasing the impact of research on public policy.  In light of the ongoing disruption caused by the pandemic, this year's conference was conducted entirely virtually to maximise accessibility for the network's members. 

Please click here to find out more about the UPEN Annual Conference 2022.

ILAS Grand Challenges Lecture - Is Impact Your Grand Challenge

ILAS Grand Challenges Lecture | Is Impact Your Grand Challenge?

21 October 2020 Funders and global rankings want researchers to make an impact on local and global grand challenges but your research can’t move the needle on SDGs (for example) on its own. Generating and assessing research impacts has become its own “grand challenge” for researchers and universities across the world now that impact is emerging as a global conversation. Impact looks different in different countries and in difference disciplines when collaborating with research partners from different sectors. All these differences preclude templated efforts at research impact, but some practices are starting to emerge informed by research on research impact. David Phipps will connect the dots between theories and practices of research impact. Drawing on examples from around the world, academic researchers and students, their research collaborators as well as impact practitioners and research administrators will learn how to apply theories and models to help address the grand challenge of impact.

Dr David J Phipps, Executive Director, Research & Innovation Services, York University, Canada.

Celebrating Impact and Engagement Festival 2021

Celebrating Impact and Engagement Festival 2021

22 June 2021 – 2 July 2021