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Tuesday, September 17 • 14:15 - 14:55
#2C2 - Policy and Culture - Creating Impact from research - an opportunity for RSE career development

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The Research Excellence Framework (REF) in 2014 was the first national exercise to assess the impact of research outside of academia. UK higher education institutions (HEIs) submitted over 6,000 Impact Case Studies to demonstrate the benefit to society, the economy or the environment that occurred as a result of the research. The 2021 REF exercise further prioritises impact, and many HIEs are looking for opportunities to identify and maximise the impact of their research on society. This offers an exciting opportunity for RSEs, who are often critical to the translation of research into impact: RSEs that demonstrate their role in the creation of impact can gain additional career opportunities, improved recognition, evidence for promotion application and access to additional funding routes.

The panel will include expert RSEs and experienced academics who will share lessons learnt from the 2014 exercise and their plans for the 2021 exercise. Discussions will be centered around understanding of the importance of Impact on careers and funding for RSEs, advice on ways to effectively demonstrate Impact and lobby for inclusion of RSE work in the next REF exercise.


David Gavaghan

University of Oxford
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Kirsty Pringle

Model Domain Exper, Center for Environmental Modelling and Computation, University of Leeds
I am an atmospheric scientist and RSE, specialising in helping people use weather and climate models for research into climate change and atmospheric pollution. I work with a domain-specific technical support group called the Centre for Environmental Modelling And Computation (https://www.cemac.leeds.ac.uk... Read More →
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Paul Richmond

Director of RSE, University of Sheffield
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Mihaela Duta

Research Associate and Senior Research Software Engineer, University of Oxford
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Louise Brown

Senior Research Fellow, University of Nottingham
I work in the Composites Research Group in the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Nottingham. My degree was in Mechanical Engineering but I've worked as a Software Engineer both in industry and academia. I returned to academia about 10 years ago to work on the TexGen project... Read More →

Tuesday September 17, 2019 14:15 - 14:55 BST
5. Nuffield Building, Room G17 Nuffield Building