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Faculty of Arts Research Impact Conference

Arts in Action: The Faculty of Arts Impact Conference

Impact is now a core component of the research landscape, and likely to grow in importance in future research assessments. But doing impact ‘well’ is still a topic of debate. What are the best ways to ensure Arts and Humanities research serves the world beyond academia? How should impact be achieved in these disciplines without seeming like a ‘bolt-on’, or research be applied to ‘real-world’ scenarios without feeling reductive?

Furthermore, what impact means to the Arts and Humanities is vastly different – in both practice and intention – to the Sciences. The Arts and Humanities contribute differently to addressing the challenges facing society; but does that mean the Arts can only have impact in certain ways? What assumptions do we have about the role our disciplines have to play, and the ways in which we can engage with the wider world? Are these helpful, or do they limit what we can achieve?

This event will enable the Faculty of Arts at Warwick to participate in a wider discussion about impact, its role in the future of research, and how our Faculty can be at the leading edge of this area. We will discuss whether and how impact can become an organic process, intrinsic to the design and delivery of our work. In short, we hope to interrogate the concept of impact on a fundamental level, and nurture an inspired impact culture whereby innovative, ambitious pathways are sought and our researchers feel confident as to how they can make a difference.


  • Wednesday 12 July 2023 - PLEASE NOTE THE CHANGE OF DATE
  • 09:00 - 16:30
  • Radcliffe Conference Centre
  • This event is open to all Faculty of Arts researchers at any career stage; doctoral students are also welcome.

  • Lunch will be provided: please make sure to register your attendance so that we can cater accordingly.

Provisional Schedule:

08:45 - 09:30 Registration - refreshments served on arrival in the Radcliffe Lounge
09:30 - 10:00 Session 1

Introduction: Arts & Humanities Research Impact at Warwick

  • Prof. Rachel Moseley (Chair of Faculty) and Emma Roberts (Research Impact Manager (Arts))

In this session we will set out the ambitions of the event and re-introduce the team members overseeing impact in the faculty.

  • The team, support structure and resources
  • The impact landscape: the faculty impact profile, institutional priorities, the national impact and innovation agenda, and the REF
10:00 - 10:45

Session 2

"Why should I do it?" Interrogating the Concept and Aims of Impact

  • Emma Roberts (Research and Impact Services)

In this session we will unpack the idea of impact and explore its implications for how we conduct research in the Arts.

  • The ‘ideology’ of impact
  • “My research doesn’t lend itself to Impact”
10:40 - 11:00 Break - Refreshments served in the Radcliffe Lounge
11:00 - 11:45

Session 3

Public Engagement as a Pathway to Impact

  • Prof. Jerry Ahearne (Modern Languages), Dr. Kerry Baker (Warwick Institute of Engagement), Prof. Alison Ribeiro de Menezes (Modern languages) and Prof. Helen Wheatley (Film and Television Studies)

For many researchers in Arts disciplines, engaging with the public can be a key pathway to impact. This session will explore where engagement and impact overlap, and what makes the two distinct.

  • Impact vs Engagement: what's the difference?
11:45 - 12:30

Session 4

Skills, Access and Wellbeing: Empowering Communities

  • Dr. Sophie Greenway (History), Prof. Yvette Hutchison (Theatre and Performance), Prof. Rachel Moseley (Film and Television Studies) and Dr. Jami Rogers (English and Comparative Literary Studies)

The Arts have an important part to play in improving community life and facilitating change for different groups. In this session, hear from researchers whose work addresses issues of inclusivity, welfare and cohesion.

  • Social justice, welfare and service provision
  • Improving skills, access and participation
  • Place-making and civic engagement
12:30 - 13:30 *Lunch - The Radcliffe Restaurant
13:30 - 14:15

Session 5

Politics, Practices, and Provision: Informing and Influencing Policy

  • Dr. Olga Castro (Modern Languages), Dr. Pietari Kaapa (Centre for Cultural and Media Policy Studies), Prof. Mark Philp (History) and Carolyn Silvester (Research and Impact Services)

How do Arts researchers go about engaging with politicians, policymakers, civil servants and other government groups, and how is change actually realised in this sphere?

  • Working with Parliament
  • Local government
  • Organisational policy
  • Think Tanks and NGOs
  • Advocacy groups
14:15 - 15:00

Session 6

Creativity, Capacity and Innovation: Contributing to and Supporting the Cultural Sector

  • Dr. Heidi Ashton (Centre for Cultural and Media Policy Studies), Emma Roberts (Research and Impact Services), Vishalakshi Roy (Centre for Cultural and Media Policy Studies) and Prof. Carol Chillington Rutter (English)

The Cultural Sector is perhaps an obvious candidate for the support of Arts and Humanities research. But in what ways can our research bring about positive, meaningful change in this sphere - particularly in the 'post-Covid era' - and how can we collaborate equitably and effectively?

  • Collaboration and co-production
  • Skills, capacities and instrumental support
  • Recovery and continuity
15:00 - 15:15 Break - Refreshments served in the Radcliffe Lounge
15:15 - 16:00

Session 7

Arts and Humanities for the Planet: Environment, Sustainability, and Net-Zero

  • Dr. Jonathan Clarke (Global Sustainable Development), Dr. Rachel Turner-King (Education) and Prof. Fabienne Viala (Modern Languages), chair tbc

There are many ways to contribute to this pressing issue: from facilitating education and mobilising everyday citizens to engage with changes that need to be made, right through to exploring new sources of fuel or manufacturing processes. What role can Arts researchers play, and how can we ensure our contribution finds the right audience?

  • Education and awareness
  • Mobilising communities
  • Knowledge exchange
16:00 - 16:30


  • Prof. Jerry Ahearne (Deputy Chair of Faculty - Research and Impact) and Emma Roberts (Research Impact Manager (Arts))

We will draw together the themes and lessons of the day, as well as discuss next steps for developing the impact culture of the faculty and the support required.


Venue & Attendance Information:


For further information on finding the venue, please see 'How to Find Us' on this Warwick Conferences page: click here.

Venue FAQs - for further information on travel, accessibility and available assistance.

Car Parking

Complimentary car parking is available at both Scarman & Radcliffe to delegates attending meetings or staying overnight - no permit is required for this.

*Allergies and Dietary Requirements

For those with severe nut allergies: please note that Warwick Conferences will ensure the food they serve will not contain any nuts; however, their allergy-friendly offerings are reliant on supplier ingredient labels, and they cannot guarantee the accuracy of the contents of each food item. The products themselves cannot be guaranteed to be free from any potential cross-contamination.

Warwick Conferences state that the weight of responsibility sits with delegates to check that what they are consuming is safe for them. Individuals with allergy or dietary requirements are advised to speak with the service staff before taking any food items. Please be aware that the venue does not hold EpiPens, therefore any delegate with a severe allergy would need to have one on their person.