Open course: impact training for professional services staff

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 for professional services staff will help you work more effectively with academics to motivate and equip them to generate impact from their research, whilst shaping the impact culture of your institution. 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: 11th 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 how to motivate academics from any discipline to engage more deeply with impact

  • Be empowered to lead transformational conversations and workshops with academics around impact, and be able to deal with difficult individuals and situations with confidence

  • Be equipped with tools you can use easily with academics, and that busy academics can use themselves to fast track their impact

  • Have an opportunity to think deeply about the impact culture of different groups in your institution and consider ways in which you can shape that culture to inspire and draw researchers to impact, whilst equipping them with the skills and confidence they need

What people are saying about this course: 

"I will be more confident in conversations with researchers about their impact." 

"Insightful, working with academics. Inspired to consider my own role and potentially more." 

“I will be using some of the tricks I learned today to better manage both researchers and stakeholders.” 

"Reflection and group discussion was well facilitated by Mark." 

"I will speak to academics differently about impact." 

"I will use the tools and templates with researchers." 

“Insightful discussions around the psychology and dynamics of what we do and the challenges of dealing with academics.” 

“I will be able to provide better/more relevant feedback to researchers on how to make impact in their research applications more fundable.” 

“I will improve my training practice as a result of what I learned today.” 

"Helped me understand impact at all levels, and how to get academics engaged."

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)