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royal Holloway's Research Impact and Public Engagement Team


Helen Nicholson is Vice Principal (Research Impact and Interdisciplinarity). Working with Katie Normington (Senior VP) and other colleagues, Helen’s role is to build and strengthen research impact and public engagement across the college, which increasingly involves interdisciplinary teams and partnerships with external agencies. Helen is interested in how a creative and socially responsible university makes a difference to the wider world, and is always pleased to meet with colleagues from all different areas of College and external partners to think practically about how we can achieve this. Helen chairs the REF2021 Working Group on Impact and Public Engagement.

Kristina Glushkova and Olivia Swift are our Impact Managers, based in Research and Enterprise. Kristina has responsibility for impact and public engagement with Government, Social and Corporate sectors, and Olivia works with Creative, Cultural and Heritage sectors. There is sometimes overlap between the two roles, and they work closely together to ensure that support is co-ordinated. Kristina and Olivia run training programmes and a regular newsletter. They are in regular contact with departmental Directors of Impact and case study leads, and are happy to meet with all colleagues on a one-to-one basis.;

Associate Deans (Research) are Daniela Berghahn (Arts and Social Science Faculty) Laura Spence (Management Economics and Law Faculty) and Tamar Pincus (Science Faculty). Research Impact and Public Engagement forms part of their roles as Associate Deans. Working with Helen, they have responsibility for impact and public engagement in their faculties, including REF case studies. They also chair their faculty research committees, and serve on College Research Committee and REF2021 Working Group.;;

All the Research and Impact team work with Directors of Impact, who are based in each department. Directors of Impact have strategic overview for research impact in their departments. With the department’s REF2021 lead, they are responsible for supporting, developing and reviewing REF2021 impact case studies. Case study leads are supported by all members of the research impact team in delivering high quality case studies.

Other colleagues are working on research impact and public engagement. Some impact extends from enterprise which is supported by Paul Hogg, VP Enterprise, and we are also working with the Comms team to ensure that our research is represented on the website and in other public-facing activity.

Key Priorities

As a team, our main aim is to ensure that Royal Holloway’s research is widely recognised for the impact it makes. We recognise that impact and public engagement come in many forms – including co-production of research in communities, partnerships with different sectors, policy change and business development. We are keen to support colleagues in grant applications that address questions that address ‘real world’ issues, in building interdisciplinary teams, strengthening partnerships and supporting colleagues engaged in lone scholarship with public engagement and impact potential.

We understand that not everyone has impact and public engagement as a major priority all the time but we also know that it is likely to become increasingly important in funding and policy decisions.