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Public Engagement and Impact

Public engagement counts as one of the principal ‘pathways’ to generating and capturing impact from your research. If you are able to disseminate your research findings to a wider audience, thus engaging different stakeholders, you will be able to clearly demonstrate and evidence whether your research is truly having a real-world impact. There are some […]


Guidance on Impact Evidence Collection for REF2021

Now that the time for generating impact is drawing to a close (cut-off for impact generation for inclusion in case studies is 31 July 2020), focus should be turning towards the collection and collation of evidence to corroborate the impacts being claimed. One main source of impact evidence that many of our case study leads […]


REF2021 Countdown to Submission

Calling all impact case study leads! We are now fast approaching REF2021 submission and with this in mind, we would like to remind colleagues of the impact case study deadlines that we are working to for the remainder of 2020: Internal Peer Review  – March/April 2020 Revised draft of impact case studies submitted late February/early […]


Making an impact in grant applications

When you have applied for research funding in the past, for example through a Research Council, you will probably have been asked to consider the impact of your research by completing an impact summary and also a more detailed pathways to impact document. This provides information on the actions that will be taken to increase […]


Research Impact Fund – Special Call

To support researchers at Salford in becoming more ‘impactful’, the University operates an internal Research Impact Fund, which offers: up to £1000 that must be match-funded by your School/Research Centre, to individuals and groups in support of activities that reflect the University’s desire to increase the impact and reach of its research, and/or highlight strategic […]


Public engagement – looking beyond REF

For anyone new to the idea of generating and capturing impact from their research, a good place to start is public engagement. By disseminating your research more widely and engaging with a variety of different stakeholders you will be able to track whether your research is having a real-world impact. Some of the best resources […]


Personalised Training Plans for 2019/20

Colleagues will have recently received a personalised training plan from our Researcher Development team for the 2019/20 academic year based on the 3-year research plan exercise that took place earlier this year. For many people this will include a strand around development of impact. As you know, each School has its own Impact Coordinator(s), who […]


ESRC Festival of Social Science – November 2019

The University of Salford, alongside partner institutions Manchester Metropolitan University and the University of Manchester, are running around 35 events across Manchester and Salford as part of this year’s ESRC Festival of Social Science, which runs from 2-9 November 2019. The Festival showcases Manchester social science research to a broad non-academic audience. This brings together […]


‘Value of Research’ Events in 2019/20

As part of this year’s training offering for our research colleagues, we are in the process of organising ‘Value of Research’ events, also known as ‘impact away days’ for each of the four Schools. The aim of these events is to bring impact to a wider audience, beyond our REF case study leads, in order […]


Impact Case Study Resource Fund 2019/20

Based on REF2014 data, a 4* impact case study is estimated to be worth at least £324,000 to an institution in QR funding over the course of the REF cycle. This is the equivalent value of around 5 to 6 outputs. Given that the weighting for impact has increased in REF2021 from 20% to 25% […]