Impact training

Research impact training



R&E Tuesday lunchtimes

The Research and Enterprise team works with academic colleagues on a wide range of issues - from supporting funding applications, to setting up successful grants, to developing impact and commercialisation opportunities, to running information systems such as Pure and more. We’ve arranged a series of lunch surgeries to help you get the most of our expertise in an informal yet efficient setting. You will gain a good overview of a topic and have a chance to ask R&E colleagues questions about your own projects and plans. Lunch is included!


Evidencing impact in REF case-studies: the key principles
Tuesday 5 February, 12.30-2pm, FE139

Primarily for academics contributing to REF impact case-studies and for departmental Directors of Impact, this session will discuss the main principles of gathering evidence of impact for REF case studies. It will identify the key evidence necessary for demonstrating impact, strategic use of evidence in case studies, types of evidence and approaches, methods and tools for evidence collection. It will offer a high level overview, both as a refresher and context for the later practical sessions around specific evidence types. Leads: Kristina Glushkova and Olivia Swift, Impact Managers.

Evidencing impact from public engagement (12.30-1.45pm) & creative evaluation alternatives to questionnaires (1.45-2.30pm)
Tuesday 26 February, 12.30-2.30pm, FE139
Colleagues are welcome to attend one/both parts

Academic are increasingly engaging with publics in the course of their research and many struggle to demonstrate how this benefits those publics - something that's important for justifying funding and demonstrating impact. This session provides an introduction to desiging and implementing public engagement activities with impact in mind: why and you should evaluate public engagement activities, the type of evidence you'll need and the methods most suited to obtaining it.

The final 45 minutes will look at creative evaluation alternatives to questionnaires. Academics are increasingly alert to gathering feedback from audiences at research-related talks, events, performances and exhibitions but - understandably - don't always want to hand out yet-another questionnaire, which can feel inappropriate to the event being evaluated. This section offers a myriad of alternatives to questionnaires and weighs up their pros and cons. Both sessions are led by Olivia Swift, Impact Manager.

Introduction to research impact
Tuesday 5 March, 12:30-2pm, FE139

Research impact now features in most funding calls, in university promotion structures and in public attitudes to research. This session will give you a good grounding in the topic, covering: what research impact is, types of stakeholders, tips and tools for planning impact activities, a brief overview of research impact in funding applications and the REF and support available at Royal Holloway. Leads: Kristina Glushkova and Olivia Swift, Impact Managers.

Pathways to impact in grant applications
Tuesday 12 March, 12:30 -2pm, FE139

The likely impact of research is increasingly taken into account by funders when selecting from multiple, high-quality research applications. This session will equip you with knowledge of what funders require, how to write excellent impact plans and examples of what 'good' looks like. We will look at research council requirements, tips for planning impact and writing strong Pathways to Impact. Leads: Kristina Glushkova and Olivia Swift, Impact Managers.

Pure: how to use it and make the most of it
Tuesday 19 March, 12:30 - 14:00, FE139
Pure is the college’s research information system used both internally and by external audiences. There are many great ways in which you can employ it to share and showcase your work. This session will introduce you to Pure and its features - including tips on managing your College personal profile. We will cover: adding research outputs and making them Open Access, adding projects and activities as well as creating CVs, and tips on managing your personal profile. Leads: Emilia Siatrak, Research Information and Analysis Manager, R&E, and Nicola Cockarill Research Information Managers (Open Access), Library Services.

Getting testimonials to corroborate the impact of your research
Tuesday 26 March, 12.30-2pm, FE139

Requesting testimonials from key people that describe and verify the difference your research has made is part of many, if not most, REF impact case-studies, particularly outside of the hard sciences. Yet testimonials, like references, are not all equal and obtaining them can require careful navigating of sensitivities. This session examines what a strong testimonial looks like in light of the latest REF guidance and advises on how and when to go about requesting them. Leads: Kristina Glushkova and Olivia Swift, Impact Managers.
Please email to register for the sessions.
Other on-campus training

Impact for Early Career Researchers (12-2pm) & launch of the ECR impact & interdisciplinary research network (2-2.30pm)
Wednesday 13 Feb, 12-2.30pm, FE139, lunch provided
ECR colleagues are welcome to attend one/both parts
This session will include: 
·         What research impact is and what it isn’t
·         Who’s impacted and how? Types of stakeholders and types of impact
·         What’s specific about impact for ECRs?
·         Research impact in funding applications and the REF
·         Help with impact planning

The final half hour (2-2.30pm) will be a chance to hear about new College support - including a bid for interdisciplinary internal funding - for postdocs, teaching fellows and any other ECRs wanting to develop their skills in impact and interdisciplinary research. For more information, please contact To book, contact

Introduction to using social media for professional promotion
Tuesday 12 February, 10-11.30am, FE139 

This session aims to give an overview of the main social media channels available and help you decide which would be suitable to promote your professional profile and how best to go about it. It will enable researchers to:

  • Identify your communication aims and target audience
  • Know the key features of the main social media platforms 
  • Be able to select the most suitable social media platform 
  • Know the core principals of social media communication
  • Know how to set up and run a Twitter or LinkedIn profile
  • Know about other resources relevant to using social media  

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Feedback on these pages?

Get in touch with Olivia, Research Impact Manager