Training & Development

Get up to speed with the Regs

Dear Colleagues, There have been revisions to the University Policies and Regulations which can be found here. The Research Bidding guidelines for instance are useful to peruse if you are interested in bidding for funding. Another interesting guideline is the Anti-Money Laundering Policy. Money laundering is the process of taking profits obtained illegally and transforming them into legitimate assets. The University has several controls in place to minimise the

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

Impact Action Plans for 2020/21

Following the successful implementation of the Impact Case Study Action Plans with our identified REF impact case study leads during 2018/19, and expanded more widely to include other researchers achieving impact in 2019/20, this process will be continued more strategically in the new academic year 2020/21. The aim of these Plans is to set a

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

‘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

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

Peer Review of Impact Case Studies

According to Fast Track Impact’s calculations (see: for further details), the best impact submissions to REF2014, i.e. those achieving a 4* star narrative case study, had a currency exchange of some £324,000 (£46,300 per year between 2015/16-2021/22). By contrast, a 4* research output was typically valued at between £5,000-£25,000. Generally speaking, impact case studies

Impact Training and Events

As the REF draws ever closer, thoughts are now turning to impact and how to ensure that the University’s research is demonstrating impact beyond academia and making a real difference in the wider world. This raises a number of questions about what constitutes impact and impact evidence, where this should be stored, when it should