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There is often overlap in aims and approaches to impact between the Arts and Social Sciences, and this overlap can prove fertile ground for innovation, collaboration, and peer support.

In order to nurture a collegial approach to impact, as well as foster inter- and multi-disciplinary opportunities, we have set up Interchange.

Taking place once a term, Interchange is a community of practice series organised by the Impact Teams supporting the Faculties of Arts and Social Sciences. Interchange sessions will provide:

  • Thematic insights into different impact pathways
  • A forum for sharing ideas, best practice, and opportunities for collaboration
  • Reflections and advice on working with different stakeholders, partners and beneficiaries and managing these relationships
  • An opportunity to celebrate and publicise the rich portfolio of impact work taking place across and between the two faculties and to reflect on REF 2021
  • A place to share and discuss sector updates
  • Support for new and evolving impact work

Each session will focus on a different topic or aspect of research impact, and will host speakers with experience in that area who will share an overview of their work and the insights they have gained. This will be followed by a Q&A, as well as a chance to further discuss the topic, network, and for the audience to share any experience and reflections they might have, too.

Interchange is open to all researchers at any career stage. Doctoral students are also welcome.

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

We hope to inspire and facilitate intra- and inter-faculty dialogue, collaboratively troubleshoot common challenges, and to showcase a variety of ways to achieve impact from your research. We look forward to seeing you!

Series Schedule

Term 1: Experiences of Engaging with Government & Policy

  • Tuesday 1 November 2022
  • 12:00 - 13:00
  • 1.007- Warwick Business School

How do researchers go about engaging with politicians, policymakers, civil servants and other government groups? How can researchers build networks and reciprocal trust with this sort of audience, and how is change actually realised in this sphere?


The key idea underpinning Nikoleta's research is that biodiversity conservation policies can be more effective when we incorporate the complexities of socio-ecological systems in policy decision-making. Her research assists practitioners to identify pathways for increasing public support for nature protected areas and promoting responsible behaviour by all users.

Richard and colleagues are working with a number of learning disability support organisations in multiple research projects, often in close partnership, sometimes directly co-producing research. All CEDAR’s research projects involve engagement with children or adults with learning disabilities or autism, or with their family members. We are also working directly with NHS England and Improvement in the Midlands region through an ESRC IAA current project and have connections over several years with policymakers in the learning disability and autism fields.

Term 2: Environment & Sustainability

  • TBC
  • 12:00 - 13:00

Addressing the climate crisis and generating sustainable solutions for society is at the top of the agenda for the university, the region, the nation and the world. 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 and Social Sciences researchers play, and how can we ensure our contribution finds the right audience?

Speakers: TBC

Chair: TBC

Term 3: Inclusive Impact

  • TBC
  • 12:00 - 13:00

Embedding equality, diversity and inclusion into our impact activity is essential, regardless of our mode of delivery or the challenge we are seeking to address. How can we ensure these aspects are intrinsic to what we do? And what about impact activity that addresses issues of this nature head on - how might we go about planning such activity, and what are the characteristics of doing it well?

Speakers: TBC

Chair: TBC