Training Courses 

 

We run training for researchers from every discipline, from Ph.D. students to Professors, from departmental away days to cross-institution training days. We have trained >8000 researchers from >200 institutions in 55 countries and offer face-to-face training across the world from the UK to Australia.  Our mission is to change the way researchers generate and share knowledge so that their ideas can change the world.

I want my research to have impact

Fast track your impact (UK)


Online / Face-to-face




Fast track your impact (Europe)


Online / Face-to-face




Fast track your impact (New Zealand)


Online / Face-to-face




Fast track your impact (Australia)


Online / Face-to-face




Training for PhD students


Online / Face-to-face





* I want specialist impact skills

Influencing Policy


Online / Face-to-face




International development for impact


Online / Face-to-face




NHMRC impact webinar


Online





* I want to build a more healthy impact culture

Impact Culture


Online / Face-to-face





* I want to write a better REF impact case study

Writing a top scoring REF2021 case study


Online / Face-to-face





* I want to be more productive

The productive researcher


Online / Face-to-face





Half-day video-link courses

Full-day face-to-face courses

"When Prof Mark Reed came and did an impact workshop at the University recently, the transformative effect he had on the audience was wonderful to behold. I could almost see eyes lighting up and weights being lifted as he spoke. To many, ‘impact’ is an intimidating mountain they have been asked to climb, and a considerable number don’t feel that they have the necessary tools or map to do so. Reed was like an experienced guide at basecamp, handing out the crampons, the rope and the carabiners, sketching out the best route to the top, and then stepping back with arms thrown wide, inviting them to take the first steps."
Phil Ward,  Deputy Director of Research Services at University of Kent and award winning blogger at Research Fundermentals

As a full-time research Professor at Newcastle University, Mark is only able to do a limited number of trainings per month, so training opportunities book up fast during the most popular periods. It is worth booking ahead to avoid disappointment.

Loved by researchers

  • As the only training run by researchers for researchers based on the latest research, our courses book to capacity in days and most have waiting lists

  • Researchers leave with time-efficient tools they can use immediately to achieve genuine and lasting impacts without having to work longer hours

Cutting-edge, evidence-based

  • Our training is based the latest research (including from our trainers in top academic journals). The course was funded and co-designed with the UK Research Councils to ensure relevance across all research fields. Our unique relational approach delivers significant, wide reaching and lasting impacts. 

  • Working across the sector puts us in a unique position to share intelligence and good practice on emerging strategies for developing and claiming impacts from other institutions

It works

Learning no-one will forget

  • All participants receive a copy of The Research Impact Handbook (375 pages, worth £24.99), a copy of the Fast Track Impact Magazine and a handout pack 

  • Free 5 week follow-up programme to help participants apply what they learn in their research. Each week consist of a video with text and tasks

  • Mark replies to emails from all participants after the training to trouble-shoot problems and help them generate impact

Who do we train?
  • Researchers at any career stage, from post-doctoral researchers to Professors

  • Researchers from any discipline, from arts and humanities to physical sciences

  • UK academics and “impact champions” for REF2021

  • REF2021 impact case study authors (see dedicated training on this)

  • International researchers developing and managing impact in Horizon 2020 projects and for other funders

  • R&D teams in businesses, consultancies and Government departments and agencies 

  • University senior management teams

  • Away days for departments or research groups

  • PhD students (see our training for graduate schools)

  • Research development teams, impact officers and other support staff (see our training for impact support staff)

  • Researchers applying for funding from the UK Global Challenges Research Fund (see our GCRF workshops)

What does our training include?

We spend time with you before we train to ensure our workshops are tailored to the needs of your group:

  • Prof Reed works with every group

  • A free copy for each participant of our acclaimed 375 page Research Impact Handbook based on the latest research (plus our magazine and work sheets) (RRP £24.99)

  • Configure your training as a full-day event or as two individually bookable half-day events (participants can attend either half or come for the full day)

  • A free 5 step follow-up programme over five weeks, so participants can apply what they have learned. They can work through these steps themselves from the handbook, but by signing up to take these steps online, they get access to extra material. Each step consist of a 6 minute video with accompanying text and tasks.

  • Unlimited ongoing email support from Prof Reed - as long as you use his system, he guarantees a response to all queries within a week

Prices

Full day workshop for up to 30 people: £2800 + VAT

 

30 participants = £2800 + VAT (£93 + VAT per head – minimum order)

40 = £3100 + VAT (£78 + VAT per head)

50 = £3400 + VAT (£68 + VAT per head)

60 = £3700 + VAT (£62 + VAT per head)

 

For trainings in the UK and Ireland are no additional travel/accommodation charges, but for some overseas destinations we add a small surcharge to cover travel costs.

Workshops for PhD students are only available as full day workshops and are delivered by Jenn Chubb. 

 

Contact us to arrange a call from Prof Reed to discuss how exactly the training can be adapted to meet your needs.

 

Read our Terms and Conditions.

What are people saying about our training?

A selection of quotes from feedback forms:

"The idea of planning for impact is particularly informative and gave me an insight into how I will engage with stakeholders." 

"A realistic and supportive approach that was sensitive to researchers values/motivations."

“The best workshop I’ve been on this year."

"This is the third or maybe fourth impact workshop I have attended and the first that I feel I have learned from."

 

"I've learned how to be strategic [about impact] and ask myself self hard questions." 

 

"Managing my project in this way, identifying possible stakeholders and thinking of risks has never crossed my mind." 

  

"Useful resources provided, and the follow-up emails are a great idea to ensure training is put into practice."

 

"Its been really useful to structure my thinking about impact and plan for impact."

 

"Fantastic handbook. Great, enthusiastic trainer. Thank you very much."

 

“I will look at “impact” from a broader prospective now, not just for REF.”

"Did what it said it would do in a concise and clear and accessible fashion. Constructive advice on case study was excellent."

 

“It was very well paced – changes in learning style throughout the day was useful.”

 

“Great practical tips.  Overall much to take away both theoretically and practically.”

 

“Have already begun to think about how I can include impact plans and planning in my research.”

 

“As someone with experience in this area, the course was very useful first to consolidate experiences but with enough new ideas/info to maintain my interest all day.”

 

“Thank you very much on the book. I will treasure it! Really enjoyed it.”

 

“Addition of handbook is very useful, especially tools to build impact into research from the outset i.e. stakeholder analysis for impact plan.”

 

“I’ve got a more professional perspective on research impact now.”

 

“I won’t just plan the research end points but plan for impact now.”

 

"Wonderfully insightful, useful and energising."

Productivity Training 

 
In a nutshell

 

Find out how you can become significantly more productive as a researcher in a fraction of your current working day. Rather than learning (yet more) time management techniques, you will learn new ways of thinking that will reframe your relationship with work.

 

The course is based on Prof Reed’s book, The Productive Researcher, in which he draws on interviews with some of the world’s highest-performing researchers, the literature and his own experience to identify a small number of important insights that can transform how researchers work. The course is based on an unparalleled breadth of interdisciplinary evidence that speaks directly to researchers of all disciplines and career stages.

 

The course works by shifting you from focusing on tasks to focusing on priorities, linked to your values and identity. By working regularly on your most important priorities, even if only for a small proportion of the working day, you can become increasingly motivated to make time for these priorities, creating a powerful positive feedback loop. Rather than encouraging you to extract ever more productivity from your working life, the emphasis is on using your new-found productivity to get better work-life balance, and by resting well, working even more effectively. This course will make you more productive, more satisfied with what you produce, and enable you to be happy working less, and being more.

Trainer

 

Mark Reed is Professor of Socio-Technical Innovation at Newcastle University and Visiting Professor at Birmingham City University and the University of Leeds. He has over 150 publications that have been cited more than 16,000 times. He is author of The Research Impact Handbook, which he has used to train over 8000 researchers from more than 200 institutions in 55 countries.

 

Prof Reed works 37 hours a week and never works weekends, and yet over the last two years he published three books, 23 peer-reviewed papers in international journals and won 7 new grants bringing in almost £2M to his institution as part of projects worth over £30M in total. He did this while pursuing international impacts from his research and running spin-out company, Fast Track Impact, through which he personally trained >3000 researchers during this period.

What do you get?

 

We spend time with you before we train to ensure our workshops are tailored to the needs of your group:

  • Prof Reed works with every group

  • Each participant receives a copy of The Productive Researcher (RRP £17.99, 176 pages hardback, 4.8 out of 5 stars based on 54 reviews on Amazon UK) plus work sheets

  • Researchers leave with practical tools they can use immediately to save time while achieving more ambitious career goals

  • Each participant writes a postcard to their future self (featuring limited edition photographs from the book) which they receive via internal mail a month to remind them of the commitments they made during the course, increasing the likelihood of lasting change

  • As the only productivity training run by researchers for researchers based on the latest research, our courses book to capacity in days and most have waiting lists

As a full-time research Professor at Newcastle University, Mark is only able to do a limited number of trainings per month, so training opportunities book up fast during the most popular periods. It is worth booking ahead to avoid disappointment.

What does a day look like?

 

A typical training day runs from 10.00 till 16.30 and comprises the following:

  • The morning focuses on methods for thinking differently about your research. Each person gains a deeper understanding of the values that underpin their work, the pressures on their time and learns how they think about thinking.

  • The afternoon uses these “meta-cognition” skills to set values-based goals that are as much about being as they are about doing, and that are stretching, motivational, authentic, relational and tailored to each person’s unique strengths and abilities. Each person develops a “theory of change” they can use to make practical changes to achieve their most important priorities. 

  • The day ends by establishing aspirations for where you want to be on and three months from now, and making a plan to share progress with someone you can be accountable to, or signing up for free appointments with Prof Reed after one and three months to discuss progress and troubleshoot issues. 

Prices

 

Full day workshop for up to 30 people: £2950 + VAT

 

30 participants = £2950 + VAT (£98 + VAT per head – minimum order)

40 = £3250 + VAT (£81 + VAT per head)

50 = £3550 + VAT (£71 + VAT per head)

60 = £3850 + VAT (£64 + VAT per head)

 

For trainings in the UK and Ireland are no additional travel/accommodation charges, but for some overseas destinations we add a small surcharge to cover travel costs.

 

Money-back plus guarantee: we are so confident that your group will love our training that we'll give you your money back and 30 free books (worth £540) if you don't get over 90% positive feedback (top scores of 4/5 and 5/5) and 90% saying they would recommend it to colleagues.

Find out more:

 

Contact us to arrange a call with Prof Reed to discuss how this training can be adapted to meet your needs. 

 

Read our Terms and Conditions.

Free online impact training for researchers

 

In a nutshell:

 

This course will help you fast track the impact of your research, no matter what career stage or discipline you are in. It will inspire and equip you with the skills and confidence you need to make a step change in the impact of your research. It takes around 10-20 minutes to work through the course materials each week over 5 weeks, and anywhere from a couple of minutes to a couple of hours to complete each week's tasks. This gives you time to apply what you learn to your own research. 

 

 

Immediate, tangible benefits for your research:

 

There is an accompanying book that enables you to study in greater depth if you want, but the course is designed to be completely self-contained. It is based on evidence-based principles from our own peer-reviewed research, which were developed with the UK Research Councils to ensure they are relevant across all disciplines. This free online course complements our full training programme (available only to institutions), which has already benefited thousands of researchers around the world. It will give you powerful new insights and skills that you can apply across all areas of your life, not just your research. 

 

Our mission is to change the way researchers generate knowledge, so that your ideas can change the world. Whether you are a PhD student or a Professor, a medieval historian or a medic, this course will equip you with the tools you need to significantly increase the impact of your research.

What people are saying:

 

“Great practical tips. Much to take away both theoretically and practically.”

"Managing my project in this way, identifying possible stakeholders and thinking of risks has never crossed my mind." 

"I've learned how to be strategic [about impact] and ask myself self some hard questions."

“I’ve got a more professional perspective on research impact now.”

"Wonderully insightful."

How does it work?

 

After a brief introduction to the programme, you will work through five steps. Each step consists of a 6 minute video and a short reading. At the end of each step, Prof Reed will give you tasks to complete within your own research before next week's step. 

 

  • Introduction: Five ways to fast track your impact

  • Week 1: Envision your impact

  • Week 2: Plan for impact

  • Week 3: Cut back anything hindering or distracting you from your impact 

  • Week 4: Get specific about the impacts you will seek and the people who can help you achieve impact this month

  • Week 5: Achieve your first step towards impact and monitor your success

Start now

 

An idea can change the world. Will you be that change? Register now:

 

Click the link you receive to confirm your subscription and you'll get instant free access to the full programme. You can stop the course and unsubscribe from emails at any point. We will never share your details with anyone (read our privacy and anti-spam policies). Depending on the security settings in your browser, the sign up form may not be visible. If you are having trouble subscribing for this or any other reason, please email pa@fasttrackimpact.com and we'll subscribe you manually.

 

Looking forward to working with you!

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