Research impact is an institutional priority for HEIs. It represents a significant percentage of the measurement of research excellence through the REF, while an acceptable Pathways to Impact statement is now a condition of funding for all Research Council grant applications. Impact may be firmly on the agenda, but how can impact be supported, developed and monitored at the institutional level? The Research Impact manager is a relatively new job in research administration. Between them Sarah Hall, Research Impact Strategy and Policy Manager at the University of Leicester, and Saskia Walcott, a freelance Research Impact Consultant and formerly Research Impact Manager at the University of Bath, have nearly 10 years experience of working on impact. In this session, they draw on their different experiences of designing, writing and implementing institutional impact strategies to address this question, examining the barriers and offering solutions to the challenge. The session will present case studies of two approaches to creating and implementing cross-institutional impact strategies. It will cover how to identify overarching aims, write a complementary implementation plan, promote engagement with the strategy and use partnerships to deliver on objectives. It will seek to identify commonalities across both case studies and identify what worked well and not so well.
Key Learning Points:
- An understanding of how to write an effective Institutional Impact Strategy and Implementation Plan
- Tips for delivering on main aims and objectives
- A framework for measuring progress at the institutional level
|Theme:||Public Engagement and Impact, Service Organisation and Delivery|
|Date:||7th Jun 2017|
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