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How to develop networks for global impact
Online course

Our half day courses are the most popular, but we can also provide most courses as 1 hour, 90 minute and 2 hour stand-alone courses, or connect these together into a series of sessions running over a few weeks or months. Set up a call to discuss how we can adapt this course to your needs.

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. 



Course Description

This session will give you practical skills to build the depth and breadth of your networks inside and beyond the academy. Create your own impact network map, considering people in your institution, disciplinary networks and non-academic networks, identify key strengths, biases and gaps. Then use the 3i’s approach to identify influencers and hard-to-reach groups that you may want to prioritise for engagement, based on their relative interest, influence and impact. Finally, use these insights to identify between 3-5 individuals you would like to add value to, and identify ways to build trust and mutual impact together. The session includes personal reflections a researcher whose networks led to over £2M research funding, highly cited papers and a top-rated REF2021 impact case study. There is significant time for individual exercises and discussions, both in plenary and break-out rooms, giving you space to think deeply and strategically about your own networks. As part of the session you will receive a hard copy* and a PDF copy of the second edition of The Research Impact Handbook.

*Available when you book half a day's worth of courses or more

Key benefits:

  • Gain new skills in analysing academic and non-academic networks

  • Generate new insights about strengths, weaknesses, biases and gaps in your current networks

  • Identify strategic groups, organisations and/or individuals you need to prioritise for engagement

  • Prioritise key relationships you want to invest in to generate mutual benefit around your research

  • Discuss the issues with your colleagues and find space to think deeply and strategically about your networks

At the end of the workshop:

  • Receive slides and links to free resources to help you embed impact in your research

  • Have the option to make a commitment to an action based on the course and receive a follow-up email from Prof Reed to check in and help as necessary after a month.

Prof Reed continues to answer all questions from participants via email after the course, guaranteeing a response to all questions within one week.

Optional preparation for the workshop

If you would like to prepare for the workshop, you might like to read this blog post:

What does a typical day look like?

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Half-day workshop £1500 +VAT for 30-40 participants

Includes 30 free hard copies of The Research Impact Handbook, worth £29.99 each.

90 minute workshops £750 +VAT for 30-40 participants

Includes PDF copies of The Research Impact Handbook. You can add hard copies of the books for your participants at additional cost.


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