Impact & Engagement Festival 2020

The 2020 Impact and Engagement Festival at Keele University will take place from 15-19 June 2020.

Building on the success of the Celebrating Impact Conferences in 2018 and 2019, the purpose of the Festival is to present and celebrate the high impact and engagement research taking place at Keele.

Events schedule

Monday 15 June 2020

Measuring and evaluating impact - how to collect impact data, assess it and present it (NCVO)

Being clear on outcomes and impact can help to plan, manage and improve research making the biggest difference you can to beneficiaries. On this course, you’ll create an evaluation plan so you can demonstrate the difference your work makes. The course also includes a brief introduction to ways to collect data. If you want to effectively monitor and evaluate the work you do and the difference it makes, this course is for you!

  • 9.45am-4.30pm | Smart Innovation Hub
  • Booking to open shortly

Tuesday 16 June 2020

Planning for Impact (Dr Kat Mycock; Dr Gemma Scott)

During this interactive workshop, attendees will consider how to effectively plan and deliver impact from their research. The session, delivered by Keele impact professionals, will demonstrate how planning for impact can support your project development. As well as providing guidance, highlighting best practice and common pitfalls, the session will include a supportive space for attendees to plan their own impact work.

  • 10am-11.30am | Smart Innovation Hub
  • Booking to open shortly


Engaging Communities - a panel session chaired by Professor David Amigoni

This session will explore the benefits and challenges of engaging communities with our research. Panellists spanning a range of disciplines from all faculties will reflect on aspects of community engagement with their research followed by time for discussion and question and answers. 

  • 1pm-2.30pm | Smart Innovation Hub
  • Booking to open shortly

Wednesday 17 June 2020

Engagement and Impact drop-in session

Join us for our monthly engagement, outreach and impact drop-in session, where researchers can get advice from those who have expertise working in impact, outreach, media engagement, arts and public engagement, research development and commercialisation at Keele. All staff and postgraduates are welcome to come along for advice and guidance on anything related engaging beyond academia.

  • 1pm-2pm | Claus Moser foyer
  • No booking necessary


Media engagement: Getting your research noticed (PR and Communications team)

This session will explore the various opportunities for media engagement around new research papers, studies, grants, outreach projects and other activities that you undertake in your academic role. Whether it’s a live interview from our campus-based TV and radio studio, an article for The Conversation, a press release, or how to use social media to promote research, this talk will showcase how you can connect your expertise with a wide audience, raising both your personal profile and that of your research.

By the end of this session you will:

  • understand the benefits of proactive engagement with the media
  • be familiar with The Conversation, and the process of writing an article
  • understand the procedure and timescales for issuing press releases
  • understand how to deal with media enquiries
  • know who to contact for media engagement activities at the University
  • know how to use social media to promote research and maximise opportunities

About the PR & Communications team:
We are responsible for all media relations at Keele University, in order to enhance the University’s academic reputation regionally, nationally and internationally. As such, we disseminate institutional and research news, and coordinate media engagement activities across the organisation. We also match our academics with the news agenda in order to secure opportunities for them to give expert comment.

  • 2.30pm-3.30pm | Location TBC
  • Booking to open shortly


ILAS Grand Challenges Lecture: "Is impact your grand challenge?" - Dr David J Phipps

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 overcome the grand challenge of impact.


David J. Phipps, Ph.D., MBA - Executive Director (Research & Innovation Services), York University, Toronto

Dr. Phipps manages all research grants and agreements including knowledge and technology transfer for York University. He has received honours and awards from the Canadian Association of Research Administrators, Institute for Knowledge Mobilization, International Network of Research Management Societies and the EU based Knowledge Economy Network. He received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for his work in knowledge mobilization and was named the most influential knowledge mobilizer in Canada. He sits on knowledge mobilization committees around the world and is Network Director for Research Impact Canada.

Thursday 18 June 2020

Why facts don't convince people (effective public engagement)
  • Details TBC
  • Booking to open shortly

Friday 19 June 2020

Lessons learnt: Reflections from Impact Case Study authors

  • Details TBC
  • Booking to open shortly

Further details and booking information will be announced in due course, via this webpage and the University Intranet.

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