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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 that we have found for getting started with public engagement can be found below:

Public engagement toolkits (National Coordinating Centre for Public Engagement – NCCPE): https://www.publicengagement.ac.uk/ read more


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 will be able to act as your impact mentor. The Impact Coordinators are as follows:

Please do contact them if you would like to explore your impact further. read more


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 an eclectic blend of activities designed to celebrate the social sciences, including discussions and debates, exhibitions, film screenings, walkabouts, family fun days, schools visits, workshops, and lots more. read more


‘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 to provide useful information on how to make research more accessible, applicable and measurable in the outside world beyond academia.

The focus of the event will be on the following key areas: read more


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% of the overall total, the University recognises the need to invest in its impact case studies to ensure the strongest return possible.

Therefore, in order to support our REF2021 impact case study submission, Research & Knowledge Exchange are making available a central pot of money to be accessed by our selected case study leads to assist with case study activity in the final year of REF impact generation (1 August 2019 – 31 July 2020). read more


Impact Action Plan Update

Following the successful implementation of the Impact Case Study Action Plans with our identified REF impact case study leads during 2018/19, this process will be continued and expanded in the new academic year 2019/20.

The aim of these Plans is to set a number of SMART objectives to guide our case study leads through the development and refinement of their case studies during the final year of the cycle ahead of REF submission in November 2020.

In addition to this, the Impact, Engagement and Environment Coordinator (Emma Sutton) will be working with the School Impact Coordinators to put in place more generic Impact Action Plans with the wider research community to kick-start the process of embedding impact as part of everyday research activity. read more


Festival of Research – A Showcase for Research Impact

The Festival of Research is month-long programme that showcases the research being carried out across the University of Salford and brings together academics, students, industry and the public. The Festival launches this year on 17th June and continues for a month with each week focusing on a different theme or audience:

Week 1: Researcher Training & Development Week

A week dedicated to training, workshops and development opportunities.

Week 2: The University of Salford Research Beacon Conference read more


Guidance on collecting impact evidence

If you are looking to generate impact from your research, please ensure that you engage from the start with the University Impact, Engagement and Environment Coordinator, Emma Sutton, and your School Impact Coordinator** so that the impact can be tracked and evidenced on an ongoing basis.

Key points to consider when you start a new research project:

  • What will be the indicators of impact? How will success be measured throughout and what needs to be captured?
  • Complete a stakeholder analysis to identify the potential beneficiaries of your work
  • Clearly demonstrate a pathway to impact: what steps will you take to engage with your stakeholders and how will you measure any benefits to them?
  • Articulate the significance and reach of the potential impact
  • Use existing and well-understood baselines and gold standards to measure your impact

Some examples of types of impact evidence that you could obtain:

  • Testimonials from organisations and individuals
  • Quotations from high-profile figures (obtained through interviews)
  • Participant feedback
  • Media mentions
  • Quantitative data (e.g. improved company sales, percentages demonstrating cost savings etc.)
  • Published reports as a result of research conducted
  • Guidelines/policy documents that cite your research

**Look to use both qualitative and quantitative data where possible!**

Points to remember: read more


Preparing for impact peer review

This month we are conducting an internal peer review of our potential impact case studies in preparation for REF2021. Twenty of these will subsequently be selected for external peer review in June.

Each Unit of Assessment (UoA) team has been asked to assign at least two reviewers to each impact case study (1 x Lead reviewer from the same UoA, 1 x Associate reviewer from a different UoA and, optionally, 1 x Non-academic reviewer [industry partner or similar]).

Reviewers have been given 4 weeks to look over the case studies and provide their feedback on a review sheet covering each of the 5 main areas in the impact case study (Summary of the impact; Underpinning research; References to the research; Details of the impact; Sources to corroborate the impact). read more


Refining your impact case studies

Our potential case study leads for REF2021 have recently submitted the second draft of their impact case studies, which will be assessed as part of an internal peer review process in April. Twenty of these will then also be selected for external peer review in June.

At this stage in the process, feedback from colleagues can be key in ensuring that the case studies reach their full potential. Following the internal and external peer reviews we will have just over a year to generate some more impact, collect impact evidence and refine the narrative further before the REF submission deadline. read more