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Fast Track Impact has moved all booked trainings online for the next few months in response to Coronavirus. Attending a well-run online course with colleagues is a great way to maintain morale, and inspire researchers to apply what they’ve learned as they work from home. 

What is different about the online versions of our courses

The short answer is “not much”. The agenda remains the same, and you get all the same outcomes. Detailed changes to each course can be found below, but the key differences are:

  • Breaks are longer: 30 mins in the morning and afternoon and 1 hour for lunch, so you have time to make yourself some food and pace yourself. The structure of the course has been adapted so you don’t miss out on anything as a result of the longer breaks

  • Sessions run via Zoom which does not require any software (just an Internet browser), enabling colleagues to join easily from home

  • Hard copy handout packs are replaced by editable e-handouts

  • Get a PDF copy of the course book (in addition to getting the hard copy via the course organiser when you return to work)

  • Sessions are just as interactive as before, using three different modes of interaction:

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

    • 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

    • We sometimes use polls to enable everyone to answer a question, before moving to plenary or small group discussion, based on the poll results.

    • Other exercises have been adapted in various ways to enable deeper and/or wider discussion online than is typically possible face-to-face (contact us for more details)

What do you lose and what might you gain from moving online?

The key compromises involved in moving online are:

  • Less opportunity to network with colleagues during breaks

  • The small number of paired exercises in our trainings (e.g. stakeholder analysis or identity pie charts) operate as individual exercises online. A small number of participants share what they have done with the group for discussion, but there is less opportunity to discuss individual work with a neighbour

  • You have to make your own coffee and lunch!

However, there are some unexpected benefits of moving online, for example you get:

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

  • A PDF copy of the course book 

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

    • Using the methods described above, we 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 during a face-to-face plenary discussion

    • It is possible to get more out of some exercises where those speaking are able to share their screen with the whole group e.g. showing others the relevant part of their draft impact case study (REF impact training), showing the group what they found in their digital audit for group discussion (the Digital Academic session in impact training), or showing the group their individual work (e.g. their stakeholder analysis) as we discuss it

    • The shift from paired to individual work in the stakeholder analysis exercise (in impact trainings) enables all participants to do an analysis linked to their own research, rather than just half of the participants in the room (there is specific guidance for non-applied researchers and those who are not research active to enable them to get the most out of the exercise)

    • The shift from paired to individual work in the pie chart exercises (in productivity trainings) gives participants the opportunity to do a more in-depth analysis than they would do in a face-to-face training, as some people self-censor when they know they will have to discuss their work with a colleague face-to-face

  • Additional individual follow-up after each training. For all online courses, 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, reminding them of their intended actions and what they learned on the course

  • 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

  • And of course, we’re reducing our greenhouse gas emissions

Frequently asked questions

  • Do I get a discount if we run the course online? Yes, because Mark doesn’t have to travel and there are no handouts, we charge £400 less per course in the UK and £1550 less in Australia

  • Can I have the same number of participants in the online version? The online course is designed for the same number of people as your original booking (if you requested an introductory session for a larger number of people we will need to know numbers the day before to set up the right number of break out rooms on Zoom)

  • How will people connect to the training? We will send you a Zoom link ahead of your training so you can check that everything will work in good time. You can share the Zoom link with all participants, so they can join from home. Slides will be shared from our end (you will not need a local copy), and like our face-to-face trainings, you get an email after the course with links to all the slides and other resources we’ve discussed

  • Do I still get hard copies of the book and handouts? You will still receive copies of the course book. However, we do not send hard copies of the handout pack unless you request this (if requested these are sent at no extra charge)

  • Will the agenda and course outline change? There is no change to either. Break times are at the same time as advertised on the agenda, but just last longer

  • What additional information do I need to send to participants when I tell them the course has moved online? Just resend the agenda and outline with the Zoom link, explaining that the course remains the same with longer breaks, and direct them to this webpage for more information about how the online version of the course will work

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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)


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


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