As Higher Education becomes increasingly pressurised, ‘research impact’ is being progressively systematised throughout institutional practice. Whilst formal amplification of impact (eg 25% weighting in REF) has heralded a new age of investment, it has also driven problematic and blinkered practice about ‘what counts’. Continued dominance of scholarly metrics, varied practices in weaving impact into academic careers, and broader issues around meaningful measurement of effects create challenges for impact growth and sustainability.
It is time therefore to challenge the impact agenda and re-conceptualise it as an integral part of a broad research ecosystem. Connecting with the ARMA Conference theme of “New Horizons: Prosperity & Resilience in Research Management”, the session will focus on the need to disrupt both the agenda and associated institutional practices, whilst maintaining impact within a changing knowledge exchange ecosystem. Responding to a ‘Manifesto for Disruption’, delegates will be invited to challenge and reconnect impact to the broader research landscape.
Through a mix of short talks, group discussions and voting activities, delegates will explore how the meanings ascribed to impact – as well as ‘in practice’ within our own departments – currently exist and where change is needed. This session is led by the Emerald Publishing Impact Council.
|Dr Julie Bayley||Director of Research Impact Development at the University of Lincoln|
|Theme:||Impact & Public Engagement|
|Level:||Open to all|
|Time:||14:00 - 15:15|
|Date:||17th Jun 2019|
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