Enhancing Research Impact provides both a useful introduction to research impact and practical support for specific elements of impact, such as pathways to impact, identifying stakeholders and evidencing impact.
It is written by researchers for researchers, delivered in an engaging style, using a combination of text, interactive activities, images and videos to keep the learner interested.
A key advantage is that you can go at your own pace, stopping and starting the programme as and when it suits you. There is a lot of content, so you may prefer to pick and choose which modules suit you best, rather than following it all in a linear manner. There is a diagnostic tool in the course summary at the end of Course 1 which produces a list of which modules would be most useful to you.
We would recommend Course 2 in particular, as a good general overview of impact. Those with more experience of impact may find the advice and tools in Courses 3 and 4 useful.
To access Enhancing Research Impact, go to the Epigeum instructions on the Doctoral School webpages. You will need the instructions at the top to access Epigeum, then the Enhancing Research Impact modules are a third of the way down the page.
Epigeum is a spin-out company from Imperial College London, which was then acquired by Oxford University Press in 2015. They provide online courses tailored to universities and colleges. SHU has subscribed to a suite of researcher development courses which are available via the Epigeum instructions on the Doctoral School webpages.
Good to know
– There are 6 hours of core activities and 24 hours of additional (optional) activities. The programme is broken down into 4 courses with modules in each course, so it is easy to dip in and out.
– You will need a device (PC / tablet / mobile) which can play audio/video
– You will need headphones if you work in a shared space.
– We have written a brief document, providing information which I would have found useful to read before starting the course. Download it here.
Notes by the Impact Team, updated 24 February 2020