5 tips for embedding impact into your major research bid – how your research can make a difference in the world

This is Part 8 of a 10 part mini-series. Click here to view all current posts Last week we heard from Dr Louise Ker who described the benefits of cultivating a positive research culture, explained what funders are looking for, and offered her 5 factors for success when building good research …

Moving on to building impact into your research

In this post, Dr Shonagh McEwan – Knowledge Exchange and Impact Advisor, CAHSS – shares learning from a recent event about how you can build impact into your research.  This is the second of two blog posts on Knowledge Exchange and Impact. Please refer to the first blog post if …

All this talk about impact

Today, Dr Shonagh McEwan, Knowledge Exchange and Impact Advisor, CAHSS – shares learning from a recent event on ‘Impact Basics’. The event was aimed at researchers to help them find out more about ‘what is impact’ and how to develop impact from their research. This is the first of two …

Research Impact. What? So What? Now What?

In this post Taryn Murray, Knowledge Exchange and Impact Coordinator in Edinburgh Research Office, breaks down the meaning of Research Impact in relation to the ESRC Impact Acceleration Account and provides tips on designing your impact project. What? What do we mean by research impact? In essence, it is about …

How can impact funding help us “build back better”? Opportunities for researchers in the Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences

In today’s blog, Dr Madeleine Beveridge, Knowledge Exchange and Impact Coordinator in Edinburgh Research Office outlines how university impact funding can help make a difference to people’s lives outside academia. Funding Impact in light of Covid The past 18 months have been incredibly difficult for both university researchers, and external …

Insights from an EPSRC Impact Workshop

In this post, Rosie Maccagnano, UK Research Funding Manager, shares key insights and resources from a recent EPSRC workshop about research impact.  The EPSRC team recently paid a virtual visit to Scotland East to deliver a workshop on research impact, in partnership with the University’s Edinburgh Research Office, St Andrews …

Upcoming knowledge exchange and impact funding opportunities in Arts, Humanities, and Social Science

In today’s blog, Dr Madeleine Beveridge, Knowledge Exchange and Impact Coordinator in Edinburgh Research office, outlines some upcoming funding opportunities to help develop your knowledge exchange and impact plans. What is knowledge exchange and impact? Knowledge exchange (KE) is a process which brings together academic staff with research users and …

New event – Unpicking the problem: clarifying intended outcomes and impact in global health research

In this blog, Isobel Marr, International Development Research Officer, highlights our upcoming event to support researchers interested in applying to the MRC’s Applied global health research: improve health in LMICs, or other future global health calls. The third round of the MRC’s Applied global health research: improve health in LMICs …

What would a more evidence-informed impact agenda look like? Response from an “impact professional”

This blog was originally posted by SKAPE: Centre for Science, Knowledge and Policy at Edinburgh. Anne Sofie Laegran, Head of Knowledge Exchange and Impact in Edinburgh Research Office, responds to the SKAPE blog by Kat Smith and Justyna Bandola-Gill “What would a more evidence-informed impact agenda look like?”. Having been …

Knowledge exchange during physical distancing

In today’s blog, Dr Shonagh McEwan, Knowledge Exchange and Impact Advisor (CAHSS), in Edinburgh Research Office, shares new resources and insights into knowledge exchange during physical distancing. Over the past few months, we have seen our researchers pivot their research and knowledge exchange (KE) plans as a result of a …

New knowledge exchange case studies resource

In today’s blog, we highlight our new knowledge exchange case studies resource; a bank of real-life case studies showcasing how some of our researchers have successfully incorporated knowledge exchange activities within their research projects. Edinburgh Research Office’s Knowledge Exchange and Impact Team have developed knowledge exchange (KE) case studies which …

Support for our researchers during COVID-19

In today’s blog, Lorna Thomson, Director of Edinburgh Research Office, explains how we are continuing to support the research community during the ongoing COVID-19 situation. It’s been an intense and fast-moving couple of weeks. As we all find our feet with new working arrangements and routines, I would like to …

Engaging business with your research

In today’s blog Clare Sowney, Business Development Manager, Edinburgh Research Office, shares some highlights from our Engaging Business with your Research Learning Lunch, held earlier this year. Four academic colleagues presented at the event, all with different experiences of and insights into engaging businesses with their research; Professor Christina Boswell, …

Engaging galleries, libraries, archives and museums with your research

In this blog post, Dr Shonagh McEwan – Knowledge Exchange and Impact Advisor, Edinburgh Research Office – shares insights from a recent Learning Lunch on engaging galleries, libraries, archives and museums (GLAM) with your research. Our recent Learning Lunch focused on engaging with galleries, libraries, archives and museums – or …

UKRI: Updated Pathways to Impact guidance

Anne Sofie Laegran, Head of Knowledge Exchange and Impact in Edinburgh Research Office, provides an update following the publication of UKRI Research Council specific guidance for how impact should be integrated into applications from 1 March. This post provides further updates following Anne Sofie’s post on 12 Feb. UKRI has …

Impact Acceleration Awards

Madeleine Beveridge, Knowledge Exchange and Impact Coordinator highlights ESRC Impact Acceleration funding and an information event on 28 February for University of Edinburgh colleagues. About ESRC Impact Acceleration In Spring 2019, the University of Edinburgh received another £1+ million from the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) to continue our …

UKRI: Impact is core to the research application process

Anne Sofie Laegran, Head of Knowledge Exchange and Impact at Edinburgh Research Office, highlights a recent announcement by UKRI on changes to application requirements on ‘Pathways to Impact’. An update to this blog was posted on 25 Feb. UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) recently announced that the requirement for the …

Where to start with parliamentary and policy engagement

Today’s blog is a guest post from Harriet Barker, Impact and Knowledge Exchange Officer at the Scottish Centre for Administrative Research. In October I went along to ‘Parliament for Researchers’, a training event held across the UK run by the Parliamentary Office of Science & Technology (POST). The session started …

Meet the team: Mara Götz

In today’s post we meet Mara Götz, Knowledge Exchange Administrator. Read on to find out about her expertise and what she enjoys about her role. What does your role involve? I am a Knowledge Exchange Administrator in the Research Support Office, Knowledge Exchange and Impact team. When I get asked …

Using social media to engage with research end users

In today’s blog, Shonagh McEwan, Knowledge Exchange and Impact Advisor brings us highlights from the recent Knowledge Exchange Learning Lunch on ‘Using Social Media to Engage Research End Users’. Social media presents many opportunities for academics to engage with users of their research. However, it can be difficult to know …

How to write effective policy briefings

In today’s blog, Dr Shonagh McEwan, Knowledge Exchange and Impact Advisor, shares insights from a recent workshop on writing policy briefings. Shonagh co-facilitated this workshop alongside Dr Dan Barlow from ClimateXChange. Our academic colleagues are now often writing, or learning to write, for a range of audiences. If you are …

Engaging with policymakers

In this post, Mara Goetz, Knowledge Exchange and Impact Team Administrator, synthesises the learning shared at a recent panel event on engaging with policymakers. The Learning Lunch event  hosted by the Knowledge Exchange and Impact Team this month focused on how to engage with policymakers. Our speakers were Professor Nicola …

Celebrating impact in the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

Last night, more than 200 researchers and collaborators gathered for an event celebrating knowledge exchange and impact activities from the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences. The event, which took place in Summerhall, showcased a range of projects demonstrating the value of partnerships with external organisations. The University of …

Creative Informatics: Rising to the challenge

Large challenge led competitions are an increasing feature of the research funding landscape. This brings its own challenges in terms of the application process. Success requires a strong partnership between academic and professional services staff. In this blog, Anne Sofie Laegran explains the 2 years+ of intelligence gathering and 12 …

Brexit Brunching: Bringing together academics, business and policymakers

In today’s blog, Shonagh McEwan highlights how academics in CAHSS have been connecting with business representatives and policymakers on an important issue arising from Brexit: low skilled immigration to the UK. The University of Edinburgh recently hosted a Brexit Brunch titled, ‘Immigration with business representatives’. This was a roundtable format, …

Meet the team: Clare Sowney

Today we meet Clare Sowney, Business Development Manager and talk collaboration with business, support for researchers and walking up Ben Nevis in the fog. What led you to work at the University? After working in the voluntary sector for 8 years I fancied a change. I didn’t really know what …

Engaging business with your research: Not what you think?

In today’s blog, Shonagh McEwan shares learning from our recent event ‘Engaging Business with your Research’. Dr Jamie Cross (Associate Dean – Knowledge Exchange and Impact, CAHSS) introduced our first Knowledge Exchange Learning Lunch of the semester, on ‘Engaging Business with your Research’. He highlighted that now, more than ever, …