Supporting 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;
  3. continued dedicated funding to develop individual REF impact case studies.

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:

  • 5-6 September 2018 - Fast Track your impact, delivered by Fast Track Impact
  • 17 October 2018 - Impact case study writing workshops, delivered by Saskia Walcott
  • 8 November 2018 - International development with lasting impact, delivered by Fast Track Impact
  • 6-7 December 2018 - Evidencing economic impacts of research
  • 8 February 2019 - Achieving and evidencing policy impact, delivered by Parliament and Government staff
  • Postponed - Impact in Real Life – Lessons from the Impact Accelerator Unit

Further information on these workshops, and details on how to book, please see our dedicated Workshops page.

The second Annual Celebrating Impact Conference at Keele University will take place on Monday 14 June 2019.

The purpose of the event is to present and celebrate the high impact research taking place at Keele.

Attendees will hear from a range of academic colleagues and expert external speakers, all of whom will be discussing the importance of impact and how to achieve it. There will also be the opportunity to attend sessions led by the Impact Accelerator Unit and the RaISE team and get dedicated advice from with those who have expertise working in impact, outreach, public and business engagement.

To find out more, please visit the Celebrating Impact Conference page.

For support on developing an impact case study, please contact your Faculty Partnership Development colleague:

Natural Sciences

Humanities & Social Sciences

Medicine & Health Sciences