Posts in Research Impact Category

Step-by-step guide to impact: Part 4 Guidance on impact evidence collection

Once you have started to identify the impact that your research activities are having, it is important to capture evidence or ‘proof’ of this impact so that you can demonstrate this to your stakeholders and funders to show why your research is so important in the wider context. In order to capture impact, it needs […]


Step-by-step guide to impact: Part 3 Planning impact through bidding

If you have ever applied for external funding before, for example through a Research Council, you will no doubt have been asked to consider the impact of your research by means of completing an impact summary and pathways to impact document. This was a previously requirement in order to provide funders with detail on the […]


Step-by-step guide to impact: Part 2 Stakeholder analysis for impact generation

If you are looking to generate impact from your research, please ensure that you engage from the start of your research projects with the University’s Impact, Engagement and Environment Coordinator, Emma Sutton, and your School Impact Lead so that the impact can be tracked and evidenced on an ongoing basis. Key points to consider when you start a […]


Step-by-step guide to impact: Part 1 Public Engagement

If you are new to the idea of ‘research impact’ and want a good place to start, look at how you can connect with your publics via some form of 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 […]


REF submission – March 2021 and post-REF plans

Our final submission to the REF2021 exercise is fast approaching, but what are the plans for impact post-REF? The University considers research impact not as a means to an end, but as a public good in itself and our researchers have a duty to demonstrate impact from our research. This is particularly important for research […]


Research Impact Fund 2020/21 – Special Call

The Research and Knowledge Exchange Strategy 2017-2027 places impact at its heart, with one of its core values being to ‘transcend traditional disciplinary boundaries to deliver innovative fundamental and applied research with impact’. With this in mind, the Research Impact Fund is offering individuals and groups up to £3000 that must be match-funded by their […]


REF 2021: Updated internal deadlines for 2021

As has been communicated over the past few months, the REF2021 final deadline has been moved to midday 31 March 2021. This takes into account the period of disruption during 2020 because of Covid-19. The UoS REF team are working hard to ensure that we meet this deadline in good time and have been coordinating […]


REF submission deadline 31 March 2021 : Update

The recommencement of REF 2021 marks the start of the countdown to the revised submission deadline of midday, 31 March 2021, following a period during which the exercise was on hold in response to COVID-19. As a result, our internal deadlines have moved and we are now working full steam ahead towards our new submission […]


ESRC Festival of Social Science – November 2020

2020 has been a challenging year for Manchester, with many famous festivals and productions unable to proceed during these unprecedented times. However, the annual Festival of Social Science, which takes place from November 7th-15th will go ahead as planned in a new virtual format. The local version of this national festival is now in its […]


School Impact Leads for 2020/21

The Impact, Engagement and Environment Coordinator (Emma Sutton) will be working with the newly created School Impact Leads (formerly REF Impact Coordinators) to support the development of impact activities within their research groupings/Schools with a view to creating case studies to showcase the University’s breadth of impact activity and for the purposes of assessment exercises […]