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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.

In addition to this, there are a range of other resources to assist you in development of your impact as follows:

School Impact Away Days

Wednesday, 27th November 2019 (9.30am – 1.00pm)  ARTS AND MEDIA 

(To book: https://myadvantage.salford.ac.uk/students/events/Detail/746956/value-of-research-conference-i)

Wednesday, 5th February 2020 (9.30am – 1.00pm) SALFORD BUSINESS SCHOOL

Thursday, 12th March 2020 (9.30am – 1.00pm) SCIENCE, ENGINEERING AND ENVIRONMENT

(The first HEALTH AND SOCIETY away day took place on Tuesday, 8th October 2019, but will be repeated next year)

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Impact intranet site: www.salford.ac.uk/ref    – This offers a range of different impact resources, including links to external sites

Research Impact Fund (RIF): https://teamsite.salford.ac.uk/sites/sc02/REF2021/SitePages/Impact%20Funding.aspx

Mark Reed Fast Track Impact free online resources/training: https://www.fasttrackimpact.com/

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

Chris Simms narrative training (monthly one-to-ones): contact research-impact@salford.ac.uk to book a slot

Development of internal ‘impact action plans’ to track your progress:please contact your School Impact Coordinator or Emma Sutton at research-impact@salford.ac.uk if you would like to arrange a meeting to discuss further

Assistance with Pathways to Impact / Impact Statements for funding applications: please contact your School Impact Coordinator or Emma Sutton at research-impact@salford.ac.ukif you would like to arrange a meeting to discuss further

Why not take this opportunity to check out the impact resources available on our intranet site:  https://www.salford.ac.uk/ref


‘Place-Based Innovation Ecosystems: Boston-Cambridge Innovation Districts’ – Dr Claudia Trillo

  • 72 experts (out of 159 applicants) representing different regional and local authorities from 23 European countries joined the session “A place-based approach to innovation ecosystems: why context matters” at the European Week of Regions and Cities last 9th October in Brussels.
  • Dr Claudia Trillo, Reader in Architecture at the University of Salford, presented the study “Place-Based Innovation Ecosystems: Boston-Cambridge Innovation Districts”, published in 2019 as report of the Joint Research Center of the European Commission.
  • This report aims to inspire European policy makers willing to support local and sustainable economic strategies, by leveraging the potential of innovation districts in cities.  
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.

Aims of the Festival

Through its Festival of Social Science, the ESRC aims to:

  • Encourage, support and create the opportunity for social science researchers to engage with non-academic audiences
  • Promote and increase awareness of the social sciences and ESRC’s research
  • Promote and increase awareness of the contributions the social sciences make to the wellbeing and the economy of the UK society
  • Enable the public to engage with social science research
  • Engage with teachers and young people and to raise their awareness of the social sciences.

Contributions from University of Salford researchers:

/ Clare Allely and Toni Wood

Autism and the criminal justice system

Saturday 2nd November 11.00am – 4.00pm / MCUK

/ Solmaz Rohani

Green factors, personal accounting and artificial intelligence (AI)

Saturday 2nd November 10.00am – 3.00pm / UoS Campus

/ Rod Dubrow-Marshall

‘Angry Old Men’ (and Women) – myth busting media stereotypes about the elderly and celebrating their/our lives!

Monday 4th November 6.00pm – 9.00pm / UoS Campus

/ Sarah Smith

Community music making with people living with dementia

Monday 4th November, 10.00am – 3.00pm / Aspire for Intelligent Care and Support, Humphrey Booth Resource Centre

/ Jameel Hadi

Rediscovering values first practice with young people

Wednesday 6th November 9.30am – 12.00pm / UoS Campus

/ Beth Knowles

How is the way we frame homelessness contributing to its rise?

Thursday 7th November 6.00pm – 7.30pm / UoS Campus

/ Graeme Sherriff

Energy as social prescribing in remote rural communities

Thursday 7th November 2.00pm onwards / UoS Campus

/ Ian Cummins

Representations of violence and the impact of violent crime

Saturday 9th November 10.00am – 3.30pm / MCUK

/ Melanie Stephens

Therapeutic night time positioning equipment and the impact on posture and activities of daily living 

Saturday 9th November, 12.00pm – 5.00pm / Manchester Piccadillly Train Station

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Why not come along and join in the activities?

Full details of all events across the week are available at:   www.esrcmanchesterfest.ac.uk.

Tweet your comments using the hashtags #esrcfestival and #McrESRCfest


‘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:

  • Introduction to School Impact Coordinator
  • Workshop with Chris Simms (Royal Literary Fund) around identifying impact
  • Break-out session to develop ‘impact action plans’
  • Presentations from Research Impact Fund (RIF) recipients
  • Presentations from REF impact case study leads
  • Presentation from the ICZ team
  • Presentation from the Library team

The break-out session around impact action plans could include the following activities:

  • Completion of a stakeholder analysis to identify the main beneficiaries of any research activities so that they can be included and feed into each stage of the process
  • Identification of training needs around impact
  • Assessment of resources needed to encourage impact activity
  • Pinpointing of ‘pathways to impact‘, such as public engagement activities, that will help to generate future impact
  • Identification of other colleagues who could help contribute to an impact narrative

The events are scheduled to take place on the following dates:

Tuesday, 8th October 2019 (12.30pm – 4.00pm)  HEALTH AND SOCIETY

Wednesday, 27th November 2019 (12.30pm – 4.00pm)  ARTS AND MEDIA

Wednesday, 5th February 2020 (9.30am – 1.00pm) SALFORD BUSINESS SCHOOL

Thursday, 12th March 2020 (9.30am – 1.00pm) SCIENCE, ENGINEERING AND ENVIRONMENT

Information will be sent out to Schools nearer the scheduled time of the event.

To find out more in the meantime, please contact:

Emma Sutton, Impact, Engagement & Environment Coordinator at research-impact@salford.ac.uk

Or speak to your School Impact Coordinator:

CSE – Prof Apostolos Antonacopoulos

ELS – Prof Mike Wood / Prof Andy Miah

H&S – Prof Neal Hazel

SAM – Dr Pal Vik

SBS – Prof Phil Scarf

SOBE – Prof Peter Walker

Why not take this opportunity to check out the impact resources available on our intranet site:  https://www.salford.ac.uk/ref


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).

Applications can be made for up to £2000 and must be match-funded by the School/Research Centre for the purposes of enhancing impact case studies in the following ways:

  • Data analysis – activities that may be required to identify whether impact has occurred/will occur during the remainder of the REF period
  • Impact generation – activities that seek to enhance the reach and significance of existing impacts to strengthen the case study
  • Evidence collection – collation of ‘sources of corroboration’: for example, interviews that can form the basis of testimonials and quotes, tracking down of guidelines, reports etc. that cite the research, media mentions, quantitative data (sales figures, cost savings etc.)

Suggested Activities

The following list is not exhaustive:

  • Engage temporary assistance (e.g. PhD student or similar) through UniTemps to undertake data analysis, assist with stakeholder engagement or collect evidence
  • Hold public engagement events to capture participant feedback
  • Undertake longitudinal surveys to monitor behavioural/perception change over time
  • Create website for dissemination purposes and capture of feedback (blogs etc.)
  • Design social media strategy to drive impact online

Please note: this is an open call for applications throughout the 2019/20 academic year.

To find out more, please contact:

Emma Sutton, Impact, Engagement & Environment Coordinator at research-impact@salford.ac.uk

Or speak to your School Impact Coordinator:

CSE – Prof Apostolos Antonacopoulos

ELS – Prof Mike Wood / Prof Andy Miah

H&S – Prof Neal Hazel

SAM – Dr Pal Vik

SBS – Prof Phil Scarf

SOBE – Prof Peter Walker

Why not take this opportunity to check out the impact resources available on our intranet site:  https://www.salford.ac.uk/ref


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.

Key areas of focus will include:

  • Completion of a stakeholder analysis to identify the main beneficiaries of any research activities so that they can be included and feed into each stage of the process
  • Identification of training needs around impact (1-1 storytelling mentoring, writing retreats, impact workshops, communities of practice, bidding workshops etc.)
  • Assessment of resources needed to encourage impact activity (Research Impact Fund, Internal Research Fund, external funding pots)
  • Pinpointing of ‘pathways to impact’, such as public engagement activities that will help to generate future impact

To find out more about the Impact Action Plans, please contact:

Emma Sutton, Impact, Engagement & Environment Coordinator at research-impact@salford.ac.uk

Or speak to your School Impact Coordinator:

CSE – Prof Apostolos Antonacopoulos

ELS – Prof Mike Wood / Prof Andy Miah

H&S – Prof Neal Hazel

Institute for Dementia – Dr Gemma Lace-Costigan

SAM – Dr Pal Vik

SBS – Prof Phil Scarf

SOBE – Prof Peter Walker

Why not take this opportunity to check out the impact resources available on our intranet site:  https://www.salford.ac.uk/ref


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

Each day this week is dedicated to a different Research Beacon theme (Industry 4.0, Global Health & Ageing, Energy & Housing, Sustainability & Environmental Quality, Resilience & Leadership) and will attract specialist internal and external audiences.

Week 3: Postgraduate Researcher Week

Salford hosts both the International UK Council for Graduate Education Conference (UKCGE) and the Salford Postgraduate Annual Researcher Conference (SPARC).

Week 4: Salford’s Community Fair

The final week focuses on engaging the public and local communities on and off the campus through widening participation events, such as Research in the Park, The Living Library and School Open Days.

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17th June – 12th July 2019

Weeks 2 and 4 in particular offer our researchers a fantastic opportunity to showcase their research and its wider impact.

Targeted Impact Events

As part of the Festival we will be running a number of specifically impact-related events to help inspire our researchers to think more closely about the impact of their research and how they can best improve its significance and reach in the future.

Highlights include:

Wednesday, 19 June 2019: Developing Your Narrative Sessions with Chris Simms, Royal Literary Fund

Chris is holding individual 40-minute mentoring sessions for researchers looking to develop their narrative and storywriting skills, whether it be for the purpose of formulating impact case studies, writing funding bids, making applications for research festivals or similar. All enquiries: research-impact@salford.ac.uk

Wednesday, 3 July 2019: Fast Track Impact REF impact case study workshop with Prof Mark Reed

Mark will focus specifically on the REF and invites our current impact case study leads to discuss their own case studies, while learning what makes a good impact case study, how to improve writing around impact, as well as evidence collection tips. To book: https://myadvantage.salford.ac.uk/students/events/Detail/682548/mark-reed-fast-track-impact-wo

Further information on the activities taking place during the month-long Festival of Research can be found at: https://www.salford.ac.uk/researchfest

Join the conversation: #salfordresearchfest @Festivalofrese1


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:

o Ensure that information is robust and credible

o Ensure that information is independently verifiable

o Link evidence to clear targets and indicate whether these were met or exceeded

o Provide evidence of research being widely disseminated, e.g. through tweets, blogs, access to websites, press coverage, broadcastings, downloads, sales

o Find ways of communicating the research as it progresses to develop wider impact along the way (not just at the end)

o Conduct exit interviews with the business if ending relationship/researcher if leaving institution – evidence of impact must be captured before departure

o Be able to demonstrate that without the research, the impact would not have occurred: how has the research made the difference?

Remember: the earlier you begin collecting and collating your impact evidence, the easier it will be to create your own impact case study!

Further information on impact evidence collection can be found on the REF intranet at: www.salford.ac.uk/ref

**School Impact Coordinators are as follows: CSE – Prof Apostolos Antonacopoulos ELS – Prof Mike Wood / Prof Andy Miah H&S – Prof Neal Hazel Institute for Dementia – Dr Gemma Lace-Costigan SAM – Dr Pal Vik SBS – Prof Phil Scarf SOBE – Prof Peter Walker


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).

Each of the 5 aspects of the case study form are rated using a traffic lights system (red, amber, green) to indicate whether this is:

• an area requiring significant development (red)

• an area requiring some improvement (amber) or

• an area that is well developed and on track for submission (green).

An overall impact case study traffic lights rating is then provided at the bottom of the feedback sheet to indicate:

  1. evidence of reach and significance
  2. potential for submission of the case study to REF2021.

Feedback will be provided to the case study leads during May 2019.

This process will help inform decision-making within each UoA and will also identify where there is a need to focus resource for the final year of the REF process.

Go to www.salford.ac.uk/ref to check out some examples of annotated case studies from our 2018 external peer review.


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.

With this in mind, here are a few key points for our case study leads, or indeed anyone submitting an ‘impact statement’ for funding purposes or similar, to consider.

Key points to remember:

• Convincingly demonstrate the robustness and quality of the underpinning research in the first instance

• Distinguish between the underpinning research and resulting impact: establish the causation and make sure that there is a golden thread running through the narrative

• Do not focus too heavily on dissemination at the expense of resulting impacts: make sure you are not purely describing your pathway to impact

• Clearly articulate each of the impacts claimed, and their apparent significance and reach

• Ensure there is sufficient corroboration of the impact using appropriate evidence (testimonials, quotes from key stakeholders, citations in policy documents or in the media, documented changes to guidelines etc.)

• Where web pages are used, ensure you have preserved them (screen shots etc.) and don’t just use standard links that may become broken over time

Generating impact

If you are looking to generate some further impact to bolster your case study, don’t forget to consider the following:

1. Create a pathways to impact statement to clearly set out the impacts you are hoping to achieve

2. Complete a publics/stakeholder analysis to identify who you are hoping to influence

3. Engage with your stakeholders at every stage in the research process

4. Identify activities to engage with your publics

5. Drive impact online by developing a social media strategy

Go to www.salford.ac.uk/ref to check out some examples of annotated case studies from our 2018 external peer review.