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RCUK : PATHWAYS TO IMPACT WHAT IT MEANS AND WHAT TO DO NOW. Professor John Marshall Director Academic Research Development CREDO workshop May 2011. Research Impact: What it can mean. UK Research Councils: RCUK “Pathways to Impact”
PATHWAYS TO IMPACT
WHAT IT MEANS AND WHAT TO DO NOW
Professor John Marshall
Academic Research Development
CREDO workshop May 2011
All truths are easy to understand once they are discovered; the point is to discover them. Galileo Galilei
The hardest thing in the world to
understand is the income tax.
Research Councils UK (RCUK): What is Research Impact?
RCUK is committed to researchexcellence with impact
This means continuing to invest in the best research, people and infrastructure,
whilst aiming to enhance the impact of that funding on society
RCUK recognise that the research that is funded has academic and
economic and societal impacts
The potential to maximise both of these is now assessed in research grant applications within the peer review process.
Applicants are now required to explore the ways to enhance the potential impact of funded research
For GCU, this is relevant to staff making research grant applications to
AHRC, BBSRC EPSRC, ESRC, MRC and NERC
Impact related information must now be supplied in the relevant sections of the electronic form as part of the Joint Electronic Submission (JeS) grant application process as follows.
Academic impact: via Academic beneficiaries and case for support sections
Economic/Societal impact: via Impact summary and Pathways to Impact sections
Pathways to Impact ?
Asking applicants to consider activities to enhance economic and societal impact is not new
RCUK knows that the research funded has a huge impact on the wellbeing and economy of the UK
Recent changes help emphasise the importance RCUK places on this and ensure that potential impacts are demonstrated and supported
It also ensures a common format for capturing and assessing this information across different research councils
Available resources and guidance
RCUK Pathways to Impact website
Frequently asked questions (pdf)
Top 10 tips for completing the Pathways to Impact (html)
Guidance for completing Pathways to Impact
RCUK Expectations on economic and societal impact (pdf)
RCUK typology of research impacts (pdf)
Public engagement with research (html)
on research impact available from:
RCUK Joint Electronic Submission (Je-S): Case for Support and Attachments
An electronic copy will be circulated to those attending and
will be available from the University research webpage in the
CREDO staff development section
Workshop session :
Examples of Impact Statements
to review in groups (see handout)
(No discipline specific knowledge required)