Training and Development Programme

As part of the University's Knowledge Exchange strategy, Research Services is providing a variety of training opportunities for academics, researchers and all Knowledge Exchange support staff. These will provide participants with the skills needed to develop and enhance the value of their collaborations with external partners, and improve and increase the University's external economic and social impact.





Introduction to Impact

Facilitator: Sam Garwood - University Impact Officer

20th September 2019  10:30-12:00 FULL

21st October 2019 09:30-12:00 FULL

10th December 2019 14:30-16:00 FULL

26th February 2020 11:30-13:00

23rd April 2020 10:30-12:00

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The word "impact" is everywhere these days. But how confident are you that you understand what it means for you, your research and your future career?

Come along to this informal session to get a clear basic understanding of "the impact agenda" and its implications for researchers and institutions. The session will consist of a presentation delivered by the University's impact specialist, followed by a Q&A session and informal chat where you can ask any questions you may have and clear up any doubts and misapprehensions.

Pathways to Impact

Facilitator: Sam Garwood - University Impact Officer

17th September 2019  13:30-16:00

13th November 2019 09:30-12:00 FULL

16th January 2020 13:30-16:00

20th March 2020 09:30-12:00

18th May 2020 09:30-12:00

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A nuts-and-bolts, hands-on workshop to help you approach your pathways to impact and impact statement for an UKRI grant proposal.

This 2.5 hour workshop is aimed at researchers who are in the process of (or about to begin) drafting a grant proposal. It will guide attendees step by step through the initial stages of thinking through possible impacts and impact activities and provide tips on style and content. Attendees can expect to go away with the skeleton of their impact statement that they can then work up into a full document.

The workshop is tailored to researchers with a specific research proposal in mind, and will be of limited benefit to those looking for a more general introduction to impact. If you are not yet at this stage then you may wish to consider attending a future iteration of this workshop.

Pathways to Impact - Joint University and AMRC workshop

This workshop will be held at the AMRC Knowledge Transfer Centre, Brunel Way, Catcliffe S60 5WG
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20th November 2019
10:00 - 14:00

Similar to our regularly scheduled Pathways to Impact workshops, this workshop will guide applicants through the pathways to impact and impact statement requirements for UKRI grant proposals, taking attendees through the possible impact pathways and providing tips on style and content. Attendees can expect to go away with a skeleton of their impact statement.

In addition to the workshop, if there is sufficient interest from attendees, there will be the option of a 1 hour tour of the AMRC. This is a great opportunity to learn more about the AMRC and see some of the machining and composite capabilities first hand.

Introduction to Impact for GCRF 

Facilitator: Tom Read - International Impact Officer

15th November 2019  09:30 - 12:30

GCRF funding calls require an exceptionally strong Pathways to Impact. Fifty per-cent of the funding decision rests on the quality of this statement.

This interactive workshop provides an introduction in to 'How' and 'Why' of planning Impact within the context of development the Gloabl South. It introduces tools which will help you to effectively plan a future application, and gives space to think about your specific ideas. It is aimed at those who are considering applying in future, but have not started an application, though mid-application attendees are also welcome. Further sessions will explore the topics introduced here in more detail.

This session is tailored to academics and professional services staff across all faculties.

Communicating for Impact: How to Talk to Audiences Beyond Academia

Facilitator: Katie Pruszynski - Research Marketing and Communications

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This session is open to academics, researchers and professional services staff from all faculties.

When so much time and effort has gone into crafting your research and presenting it through traditional academic channels, it's no surprise that communication beyond academia often falls by the wayside.

But there are other audiences outside academic circles, and reaching them can help you achieve impact for your work.

Virtually all of us are on social media in one way or another. But how can you make the most of the platforms available to build a public profile for you as a researcher and for your work? Perhaps more importantly, how can you avoid the kind of mishaps that can threaten your credibility and reputation?

This session will look at communicating with non-academic audiences to achieve meaningful impact.