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12pm – 1 pm – Tuesday 21st March – Research Methods – Professor Charles Oppenheim


Professor Charles Oppenheim will be presenting on Research Methods (Part 3)


  • Nick Moores Info Policy Analysis Matrix
  • Bibliometrics
  • Citation Analysis
  • Measuring Impact
  • Journal Impact Factor
  • Altmetrics
  • Getting Published

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Webinar link will be sent out to all who have registered by 11 am on the 21st of March 2017.

Webinar with Professor Charles Oppenheim – Part 3 – Research Methods

I hope that you are able to join us for our last webinar in this series on research methods.

Time:  12 pm – 1 pm

Location:  Wherever you have access to a laptop/desktop/mobile… and wifi

Date:  21st of March 2017

Topics to be covered:

  • Nick Moores Info Policy Analysis Matrix
  • Bibliometrics
  • Citation Analysis
  • Measuring Impact
  • Journal Impact Factor
  • Altmetrics
  • Getting Published


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Webinar link will be sent out to all who have registered by 11 am on the 21st of March 2017.

Impact – REF

The Research Excellence Framework was the first exercise to assess the impact of research outside of academia. Impact was defined as ‘an effect on, change or benefit to the economy, society, culture, public policy or services, health, the environment or quality of life, beyond academia’. HEFCE

Measuring the impact that our research has on society and cultures, and being able to demonstrate this impact, has implications for future funding.

Fast track have studied the most succesful case studies from the previous REF, and published their findings in an article entitled:  10 lessons from grant proposals that led to the most significant and far-reaching impacts.

Very much worth a read for those who are looking to submit to the next REF.

Innovation and the Research Councils

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A booklet, Innovation and the Research Councils, was launched on 11 March at ‘Innovate UK 2013’, a major three-day UK trade event for industry and business. Significant activities, highlighted in the booklet  include:

  • training of skilled people and supporting their movement within the economy
  • development of collaborative research programmes with a range of partners, including universities and research institutes, business and industry, and government departments
  • investment in major research capabilities, such as national research facilities, research institutes and major research centres
  • support of impact-related capabilities, such as Innovation and Knowledge Centres and Research and Innovation Campuses.

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Research with impact

A reinterpretation of ‘research impact’ for a Friday afternoon…


Image credit: Research Counselling (2011)

AHRC Follow-on funding for Impact and Engagement

The Arts and Humanities Research Council’s follow-on funding scheme has re-opened, with a greater emphasis on impact and a reduced upper limit. After two name-changes, the scheme has re-opened as follow-on funding for impact and engagement, and now offers up to £100,000 for engagement and knowledge exchange projects.  To find out more go to

Research Councils UK (RCUK) Impact Report 2012

RCUK logoMinister for Universities and Science, David Willetts, announced on 24 January the publication of the Research Councils UK (RCUK) Impact Report 2012, during his speech at the Policy Exchange to update on progress of the Government’s industrial strategy.

The report details the various activities through which the Research Councils are working together to achieve greater impact. Additionally, it complements the individual Impact Reports prepared by the Research Councils, also published today.

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RCUK publishes more Pathways to Impact case studies

RSBO logoResearch Councils UK (RCUK) has published a number of additional best practice case studies online to help applicants to realise the impact of their research and to provide guidance with completing the Pathways to Impact section of their application. Pathways to Impact encourage researchers to consider the sorts of activities that may help their research to have an impact. Each case study provides a personal account from an RCUK-funded researcher with regard to their approach and experience of Pathways to Impact.

A wide variety of activities have been funded by being specified within the Pathway to Impact section including public engagement, direct collaborations with beneficiaries, events, policy briefings and many more.

RCUK launched its first set of Pathways to Impact case studies in May 2012. Further case studies will be added over the coming months to build a knowledge bank of experience and best practice that researchers can draw on.