Research & Innovation Services

Research Impact Gateway

Impact embraces the diverse ways in which knowledge and skills generated by research benefit individuals, organisations and communities. Achieving impact from our research is an integral part of the University’s research culture and strategy.

University Mission Statement

Our mission is to deliver world-class research and teaching, educating our students to become future leaders and innovators, and benefiting the wider population through our research, enterprise and influence.

This is echoed in the University’s Research Strategy, where one of four descriptors of Research Excellence is: Optimising the intellectual, scientific, economic, social and cultural impact of our research.

What is Impact?

Two key definitions:

the demonstrable contribution that excellent research makes to society and the economy.

— RCUK

any identifiable benefit to or positive influence on the economy, society, public policy or services, culture, the environment or quality of life.

— HEFCE

What they have in common: making a demonstrable difference in a non-academic context

What is Impact, Knowledge Transfer Account Films, Research Case Studies

Meet the people behind the research.

Planning for Impact

we want to encourage researchers to be actively involved in thinking about how they will achieve excellence with impact and to explore the pathways for realising the impact.

— RCUK

RCUK recommend that researchers draft the Impact Summary very early in their preparations, so that it informs the design of the research.

RIS Planning for Impact Toolkit – designed to help you plan for impact and gather information to complete the Impact Summary and Pathways to Impact for grant applications to RCUK – known as Expected Impact and Dissemination/Exploitation Plans in EU grants.

Application surgeries - regular sessions run by RIS Research Portfolio Managers give constructive feedback on any aspect of planned research or knowledge transfer activities and provide you with suggestions for a way forward to completion and submission.

Knowledge Mobilisation Supports Research Impact is a lecture given at the University of Bath by Dr David Phipps from York University (Toronto) who was voted top Knowledge Broker in Canada. Dr Phipps’s planning tool and template that accompanied the lecture were well received by academic staff at the University of Bath.

Communicating your research

Who does this research matter to? That question should be asked frequently during a project …

— European Commission

Corporate Communications- research projects, events, awards and other achievements can all be of interest to the media, the public and the staff at the University.

Open Access & Improving citations to your published work– research has shown that increasing the availability of full-text peer-reviewed journal articles and papers will lead to improved citations and usage.

Public Engagement  – support for staff with public engagement activities.

Industry resources.

Funding Available

Funding is available to support impact activities and can be used for a broad set of activities that deliver or promote the benefits of research to a full range of end users across industry, the public sector, the third sector and the wider public.

Cost activities into your Pathway for Impact - this RIS toolkit will help with the costing of pathways to impact activities

Funding Opportunities– the regular RIS newsletter Funding@Bath includes a section on funding opportunities for Knowledge Exchange and Pathways to Impact

Impact Acceleration Account (IAA) – for projects which relate to an EPSRC grant, either during or within a few years of completion, to stimulate pathways to impact and collaborative research & development projects.

Capturing Impact

Telling a strong impact story about your research requires access to details about the work. Different audiences will require the story telling in different ways but the underlying facts will be constant.

Pure - the University’s research information system - allows you to capture data about activities that could lead to impact as well of details of impact allowing us to build up a rich picture of the benefits of our research.

Support

There are of sources of information within the University who can help with impact related activities at each stage of your research, they may even be able to facilitate funding for specific activities.

Resources

LSE – The Impact Blog - The Impact of Social Sciences blog is run by the LSE Public Policy Group, and is a hub for anyone interested in maximising the impact of academic work in the social sciences and other disciplines.

Communicating Research and Innovation – an EU Guide for project participants which is relevant more generally