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.

For more information please contact Mrs Laura Madden. Email:  Tel: 24434 




Introduction to Impact

Facilitator: Sarah Howson - Institutional Impact Co-ordinator

23rd May 2019  11:30-13:00

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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: Cliona Boyle - Institutional Impact Co-ordinator

16th July 2019   9:30 - 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.

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.

Impact from Blue Skies Research

Facilitator: Cliona Boyle - Institutional Impact Co-ordinator

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Delivering impact brings specific challenge for those engaged in theoretical or 'blue skies' research, whatever your discipline. This workshop aims to give you some tips and guidelines for how to think about impact in this context. The workshop will last one hour, and be followed by an optional half hour discussion where you can raise your own questions or concerns.

Half day Writing Retreat:

Think Ahead - Research developer team

30th April 2019: Search for TA71 morning session, 9:15- 12:30 Medical School, Seminar Room 9, Floor C

30th April 2019: Search for TA71 afternoon session 13:15-16:30 Medical School, Seminar Room 9, Floor C

22nd May 2019: Search for TA71 morning session, 9:15- 12:30 9 Mappin Street, G14

22nd May 2019 Search for TA71 

afternoon session 13:15-16:30 Medical School, Seminar Room 9, Floor C

To provide protected and focused academic writing time and develop productive writing practices, and communities of writers.

This structured retreat uses a 'typing pool' model. Writers are all in the same room, writing in strict scheduled time slots, using goal-setting discussions, peer monitoring and warm up activities to progress writing projects. Everyone is in the same room and almost all of this retreat time will be offline silent writing time.

Read more on researcher portal.