Open course: impact training for researchers

In a nutshell

Fast Track Impact is running two open courses in 2020, one for researchers and one for professional services staff. Run by Prof Mark Reed, numbers are capped at 20 participants per course. This one-day course will give you everything you need to generate real-world impacts from your research. You will leave with practical tools you can use immediately in your research, whatever your discipline and career stage. The training is based on the latest research evidence and takes a unique relational approach to deliver wide-reaching and lasting impacts.

Trainings take place in Aberdeen, and are held on a Friday if you want to spend the weekend exploring the beaches and mountains of this picturesque part of Scotland.  


Full price: £150

Early bird rate: £120 (book before 26th June)


Next course: 4th September 2020

Book your place here (only 20 available)


Key benefits


You will receive a copy of The Research Impact Handbook (275 pages) for future reference, and you will have the opportunity to sign up for free follow-on training to embed what you've learned in your work. Mark answers all queries from trainees within one week, with no limit on the number of queries or length of time since training. 

  • 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:

    • Identify the beneficiaries of your research, those who may be negatively affected by your work, and those who have the power to facilitate or block your impact

    • Create a powerful impact plan that will guarantee your research makes a difference

  • Learn techniques you can use to design and facilitate workshops with the likely users of your research (or your colleagues), so you are able to manage challenging people and situations, and make meetings and events efficient and enjoyable

  • Use your digital footprint to generate impact, to 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 in this space (suitable for experts, novices and those who have never used social media professionally


What people are saying about this course:

"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 self hard questions."

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

"Its 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."

Book your place here (only 20 available)


Cairngorms National Park
Don mouth beach
Training room, The Hub
The Hub (training venue)

Training takes place at The Hub, Bridge of Don, Aberdeen, in reach of Don Mouth beach (on foot) and the Cairngorms (by hire car)