Fast track your research impact (UK)

Online course

 

Our online courses are just as interactive as any face-to-face training. They are specially designed so you get more engagement in ways that are not possible when everyone is in the same room together. Online courses are a great way to keep colleagues connected and inspired. 

Since it was introduced in 2013, this course has become the most widely used resource to train researchers in impact around the world, having been used by over 200 institutions in 55 countries to date. We regularly train across every Russell Group University and the majority of other research-active Universities in the UK.

 

 

Course Description

This session will give you everything you need to generate and communicate real-world impacts from your research. You will learn about practical tools to time-efficiently increase the significance and reach of your impact. The training is based on the latest research evidence and takes a unique relational approach to deliver wide-reaching and lasting impacts. As part of the session you will receive your own copy of the second edition of The Research Impact Handbook

Key benefits:

  • Learn about evidence-based principles for delivering research impact when you don’t have much time.

  • Discover easy and quick-to-use templates you can use immediately to:

    • Prioritise stakeholders and publics to engage with first.

    • Create a powerful impact plan that will guarantee your research makes a difference without wasting your time.

  • Learn how to track, evaluate and evidence impact, discovering time-efficient ways to keep track of impacts as they arise, design an impact evaluation that convincingly attributes impacts to your research. 

  • Find out how to write a winning pathway to impact in a fellowship or grant proposal.

  • Design and facilitate meetings and workshops with stakeholders and publics: discover tools that will empower you to deal with the most challenging situations and individuals and lead events that everyone enjoys.

  • Build visibility and credibility for your research online. Understand the power and the pitfalls of using social media professionally, and find out how to become influential and drive research impacts online without risking your time or reputation.

  • Learn how to get your research into policy, wherever you work in the world, by building trust, working with intermediaries and designing effective policy briefs. 

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. Our training includes:

  • Prof Reed works with every group.

  • Each participant gets both a hard and soft (PDF) copy of Prof Reed’s acclaimed 375 page Research Impact Handbook (RRP £24.99), and an e-handout pack with editable worksheets.

  • Configure your training as a full-day event or as two individually bookable half-day events.

  • Sessions run via Zoom which does not require any software (just an internet browser), enabling colleagues to join easily from home. Breaks are generous, so people can pace themselves effectively.

  • Get a full video recording of each session you can share with colleagues who couldn’t attend.

  • Two main modes of group interaction:

    • Small group work via Zoom’s break-out room function, with key insights reported back in plenary to the wider group 

    • Plenary discussion is done via Zoom’s chat function in a two-part process. First everyone is asked to comment via chat (e.g. provide an answer to a provocative question, or ask a question of their own). Second, a sample of these is used to facilitate further in-depth discussion via commentary from Mark, followed by an open-mic session for those who want to take the discussion further.

  • Additional learning and interaction you can't get face-to-face, for example:

    • You get more engagement in plenary discussion than is possible face-to-face because everyone is asked to write an answer to the discussion point (or pose their own question) before discussion commences, rather than just the few who have time (and courage) to speak. 

    • It is possible to get more out of some exercises where those speaking are able to share their screen with the whole group. 

    • New individual exercises enable participants to go deeper into course content linked to their own research.

 

We pride ourselves on the quality of our follow-up with participants, ensuring they are able to apply what they learn to transform their practice:

  • Online courses feature additional individual follow-up after each training. Participants are invited to write actions they commit to doing within a month, based on the course, which we email back to them exactly 1 month later, increasing the likelihood that actions are completed.

  • In the follow-up email after a month, participants are invited to reply to get help applying what they learned if they have not completed their intended actions. If they use our system, we guarantee a response within a week to all questions with no time limit and no restriction on the number of questions that can be asked.

  • Everyone gets an email via the course organiser (including those who do not wish to share their email with us) with links to slides and a reminder about how to get support from Prof Reed.

  • Everyone is also invited to join a free follow-up programme over five weeks, to apply what they have learned in their research. 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 week consists of a 6 minute video with accompanying text and tasks.

What does a typical day look like?

What are people saying about this course?

"[Doing the course online was] really useful and engaging.”

 

“Inspirational day”

 

"I learned a lot about good ways of doing online delivery and the functionality that Zoom has!"

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

 

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

 

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

   

"It's been really useful to structure my thinking about impact and plan for impact."

 

"I will be much more specific and measurable in impact parts of future grant applications"

 

“Sharing stories of success as well as failure was very inspiring.”

 

“The group discussion around what impact is, and the templates were very useful.”

 

“The best workshop I’ve been on this year”

 

"Wonderfully insightful, useful and energising."

 

 

Prices

Full day workshop for up to 30 people: £2400 + VAT

 

30 participants = £2400 + VAT (£93 + VAT per head – minimum order)

40 = £2700 + VAT (£78 + VAT per head)

50 = £3000 + VAT (£68 + VAT per head)

60 = £3300 + VAT (£62 + VAT per head)

 

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