Research Impact

Government and funding organisations generally expect researchers to be aware of the potential difference their research could make to society, to be able to articulate how impacts could be generated, to consider ways of accelerating such change, and to take account of benefits resulting from their research. The Research Impact Team supports researchers by providing advice on impact idea generation, planning,  execution, evidencing and reporting.

The Research Impact team manages UKRI-funded Impact Acceleration Accounts, the University’s Internal Impact & Innovation funds and other impact ‘block’ funding. These impact funding streams support activities that strengthen relationships with strategic external partners and maximise the potential for research impact in any sector with ‘non-academic’ research users.

The Research Impact Team also supports the Directors of Impact & Innovation, coordinates the University’s Impact REF preparations, provides Research Impact training (both internal and external), and bolsters the University’s impact work via our Impact and Research blogs and the team’s Twitter account (@UStAResearch).

Recent impact news

  • ‘Sacred Space and Social Memory’: lessons from the land in the Grenadines and the Isle of Skye 
    On opposite sides of the Atlantic Ocean lie Saint Vincent and the Grenadines and the Isle of Skye. The cultures of these two islands have unique connections to land, in which the natural environment is deeply intertwined with culture and community. These connections have endured through a long history of challenge: clearances, dispossession, and displacement … Read more
  • Shedding light on SolOLED: sustainable materials for OLED displays – and beyond  
    Although we interact with them every day, many may not be familiar with what it is that lights up our screens. Organic light-emitting diodes, more widely known as OLEDs, illuminate the digital displays in products like mobile phones, smartwatches, and television screens. For this illumination to be possible, various chemical materials are involved – including … Read more
  • A Connected Curriculum: The South Asia History Project 
    What do ancient India and video calls have in common? It’s not a trick question. Aryabhatta (476–550 CE) was an Indian mathematician whose place-value system was instrumental to the development of zero. Over thousands of years, and further established through thinkers such as Persian mathematician Al-Khwarizmi (c.780 – c.850 CE), that concept of zero underlies … Read more

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Meet the Research Impact team:

Laura Bates, Head of Research Impact
Rees Hughes, Research Impact Officer (MRC IAA Manager)
Euan Donohue, Research Impact Coordinator
Ishani Khemka, Research Impact Press Officer
Victoria Lee, Research Impact Press Officer

Please contact the Research Impact team if you have any research impact related query.
Email: [email protected]