Research impact training
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 >4000 researchers from >200 institutions in 55 countries and offer face-to-face training across the world from the UK to Australia. We also offer training for professional services staff and academics involved in managing impact for REF (including impact champions, directors of impact, Unit of Assessment leads and senior management teams). Our mission is to change the way researchers generate and share knowledge so that their ideas can change the world.
Our best value training gets you an hour question and answer session with Prof Reed with email support for all participants, as part of a package of videos and group exercises that will enable researchers of any discipline or career stage to fast track their research impact
There is currently a six month waiting list for face-to-face trainings (Prof Reed is a full-time academic at Newcastle University so can only do a limited number of courses per month). However, if you can wait, then choose from our standard course to help researchers fast track the impact of their research, or specialist courses for researchers bidding into the Global Challenges Research Fund, professional services staff or case study authors:
"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
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
Learning no-one will forget
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. Mark works with the training organiser and/or impact team within your institution to provide in-depth support for up to four participants via up to two one hour individual consultations by phone or Skype and written feedback on their work (e.g. a draft policy brief, video story board or event plan). This follow-up work helps participants remember to apply what they learned in the course and significantly increases their chances of achieving impacts.
REF2021 courses only: Feedback on up to four draft impact case studies prior to training in addition to support (above) for these case study authors
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.
Examples of feedback from training co-ordinators:
"I got lots out of it and the vibe I got yesterday from colleagues was very positive. I think people will be able to act on what they got out of it. I was also very impressed at how flexible you were with the timings, with everyone wanting to do both sessions in the afternoon. One of the participants emailed me today to say they got back to their office and altered a grant application to reflect what they’d learned.”
Researcher Development Officer, Research Strategy and Innovation, University of Glasgow
"The workshop was very interesting for our PhD students who use the acquired knowledge and insights to reflect on their own work. The professional and committed attitude of [the trainers] was much appreciated by all participants. Well done!"
Ron Cörvers, Director ICIS, Maastricht University
"This was a really enjoyable and informative course that was suitable for research students, staff and those working in knowledge exchange. The trainer’s style of teaching provided a relaxed environment that encouraged participants to engage in discussions and make the most of the course".
Jason Baverstock, Knowledge Exchange Manager, Rothamsted Research
What participants are 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."
A selection of tweets from people we've trained: