Changing the Game of Research in the UK: The Quest for Non-academic Impact

by Scott Mitchell on June 10, 2014

Join us for a Toronto KTECOP presentation by Christina Miariti, Research Impact officer at the University of Sussex, UK.

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Thursday, June 26, 2014
3:00-5:00 pm
Ontario Institute for Studies in Education
Nexus Lounge, room 12-130 (12th floor)
252 Bloor Street West
Toronto, ON M5S 1V6

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Changing the Game of Research in the UK: The Quest for Non-academic Impact

The introduction of impact as an assessment criterion of the quality of academic research during the last Research Excellence Framework (REF, the system for assessing quality of research in UK HEIs) and the Research Councils’ call (the major public funder for academic research in the UK) to UK researchers to identify non-academic audiences in their grant applications and consider possible future outcomes of their proposed research, have set the context for the emerging ‘impact agenda’ in the UK. While Universities are trying to demystify the agenda partially by introducing new intermediary roles in their structures, academics continue to interrogate it raising questions both on the link between quality and impact as well as on the role of the University in Europe’s Knowledge Economy. Which of these questions enable our understanding of impact and how could these translate to enabling approaches for impact?

This talk will review the context and responses to the ‘impact agenda’ in the UK. It will reveal the difficult questions that remain at the heart of the current discourse and, drawing from examples across Europe, will make the case for different approaches needed to deepen our understanding of research impact as it evolves over time.

About the Presenter

Christina MiaritiChristina Miariti (MA, University of Leeds) is a journalist by training who currently works as a Research Impact officer at the University of Sussex, supporting researchers in their efforts to deliver impact from ongoing research and discussing opportunities for communicating research and exchanging knowledge with non-academic actors. She has previously worked in research development for ten years at the University of Sheffield (UK) and has also served in communication posts for a number of NGOs and Associations.

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