If you are a researcher at the University of Bath, you can access and use a number of resources to support you with your research impact.
Understanding and achieving impact from our research is becoming increasingly important. The impact of our research influences funding decisions and our performance in research assessment exercises.
Two key definitions of research impact are:
'the demonstrable contribution that excellent research makes to society and the economy', RCUK.
'an effect on, change or benefit to the economy, society, culture, public policy or services, health, the environment or quality of life, beyond academia', Higher Education Funding Council for England.
Achieving impact is an integral part of the University’s research culture. A key objective of the University's research strategy is: 'optimising the intellectual, scientific, economic, social and cultural impacts of our research'.
As a researcher you will need to think about impact throughout the research life cycle and beyond. For example, you may be in the process of:
- developing your research and needing to identify and engage your stakeholders, or embedding impact into your research grant applications
- undertaking your research and wanting to build in mechanisms to capture evidence of impact
- completing your research and developing an impact case study
Impact Acceleration Account (IAA)
The University has an EPSRC-funded Impact Acceleration Account (IAA), this includes funding available through the Open Call for projects which relate to a past EPSRC grant.
University Impact Fund
Apply to the University Impact Fund, to help you develop and evidence the impact of your research and inform your REF impact case study. At the University of Bath you will be supported to identify, plan for and evidence the impact of your research.
Guide to Knowledge Exchange
See our guide on Supporting your Knowledge Exchange and Research Impact for information and resources to support you with KE and achieving impact through your research.