Free training and discussion groups

A programme free training events, a quarterly reading group and regular discussion groups, based on feedback from the impact culture community, co-hosted with a different member of the community each session.

Programme for 2022 

Discussion group
90 min
24 Oct 2022
To see what’s planned for 2023, make suggestions or offer your own session, please contact Madie.

Jenn Chubb and Gemma Derrick: The impact a-gender: gendered orientations towards research Impact and its evaluation


Date: 3 October

Time: 09:00


Jenn Chubb and Gemma Derrick interviewed academics and REF panel members and uncovered perceptions that certain gendered personality traits make it easier for some researchers to generate impact than others, and that impacts themselves may be gendered, with “hard”, quantifiable (masculine) impacts scoring more highly than “soft”, hard to measure impacts. In this reading group, you will have the opportunity to discuss the research with the authors and share your own experiences and perception relating to gender and impact. Read the paper now.


Surgery session – impact challenges you want help with (submit to the group in advance and come prepared with answers/suggestions)


Date: 14 November

Time: 09:00


Come along with your impact challenges and get help from Prof Mark Reed and other participants in a do-it-yourself, self-help session for anyone who needs it!


Discussion group; Unpacking issues with the word “stakeholder” 


Date: 24 October

Time: 09:00


Join this session to discuss issues with the word “stakeholder” and alternatives that could be used to replace the word. Read my blog and come with your own ideas, ready for discussion. We will work through the following themes:

  1. The rights and wrongs of turning this discussion into a peer-reviewed paper

  2. What additional issues do you see? Do you agree with these and the issues that have already been raised and why?

  3. What do you think of the alternatives proposed so far? Do you have better alternatives?

  4. Which alternatives do you like best (poll)

  5. Next steps (including poll to decide on whether or not to write a paper)


Getting academics to engage with mental and physical health issues and build resilience (Joyce and Mark Reed)


Date: 29 November

Time: 09:30


Building on the success of the “health resilient researcher” course and the launch of health coaching for academics by Fast Track Impact, Dr Joyce Reed shares some of the most common challenges driving researchers to the brink of burnout, and how she has motivated people to turn things around to get better work-home balance and make changes to their diet and lifestyle that have transformed both their wellbeing and their productivity.


Show and tell: Your most unexpected high-scoring REF2021 case studies


Date: 12 December

Time: 09:00


Find out how some of the highest ranked impact case studies in REF2021 were rescued from failure, started from improbably beginnings and took unexpected turns to deliver the benefits they ultimately claimed. The session will feature up to three invited case studies in depth (contact if you would like to volunteer your work) with room for questions, and an opportunity for others to briefly present their own unexpected successes.