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Making A Difference: Research Impact and Engagement

Friday 28th April 2017| Wolfson Research Exchange | 9:30am to 1pm

In recent years, the idea of research having impact beyond academia has become prominent. The ‘impact agenda’ is now a key factor in the working lives of UK social science researchers, including doctoral researchers. These developments are felt by some to be daunting and perhaps confusing, and by others as creating new research opportunities.

Featuring a selection of presenters, this short workshop examines the meanings and applications of impact, along with linked notions such as ‘engagement’. With the aim to clarify, contextualise, and demystify the idea of research impact, it will be highly useful to all current doctoral candidates.


Resources from this workshop - including presentations are linked to in the programme below.


9:30 – 10:00 Registration

10:00 – 10:10 Welcome

Professor Nicholas Gane, Director, Warwick ESRC Doctoral Training Centre

10:10 – 10:40 Introduction to Impact and Engagement - developing your own impact strategy

Stephanie Seavers, Research Impact officer – Social Sciences

10:40- 11:10 The impact agenda and your career as a researcher

Dr James Harrison, Warwick School of Law

11:10 - 11:25 Refreshment break

11:25 - 12:00 Engaging with policy makers

Stephanie Seavers, Research Impact officer – Social Sciences

12:00 - 13:00 Networking time with buffet lunch