Making an Impact 2020 – Final chance to participate

Making an Impact 2020 is now in its final week. There are still a number of rich research-impact development sessions for academics, research and research-related professional services staff at all stages of their career to engage with.

Since 1st June to date, 41 sessions presented in a range of different formats from keynotes, panel discussions, interactive seminars, workshops and a bootcamp. Topics covered have included Knowledge Transfer Partnerships, Communicating with Impact, Safeguarding in Research as well as 1:1 career consultations.

Don’t miss your last chance to engage with sessions taking place this week. Information about registering for these sessions can be found here. A searchable version of the programme is available here. Links to registration are available on both documents, and a web-based version of the programme is available here.

Notable other upcoming sessions by outcome

Capture and share information and evidence relating to research impact

Wednesday 17 June 13:00-15:00 Inside the mind of an enterprising researcher.

This session will provide some simple tools and techniques to help you access an optimal brain state that will help you stay focused, is more conducive with innovating and help you get things done!

For those looking to boost their academic research impact and knowledge exchange potential

Thursday 18th June  13:00-15:00 Creating Impactful Research Stories.

In this webinar you will find out how you can use creative storytelling techniques to help your research have an impact beyond academia. Discover who your audience is and what they want, find out how you can generate ideas for public engagement projects or creative collaborations, explore example projects, and discover how storytelling can make you a more impactful communicator.

Develop the reach of your research activity, interdisciplinary exchange and collaboration

Thursday 18th June 11:00-11:45 Consultancy: How to use your expertise to generate impact

Consultancy is an important mechanism of knowledge exchange that provides a way to establish relationships with external partners (industry, government and third sector) to generate impact, income and raise your profile. This session will provide an overview of the benefits engaging in consultancy can have and the processes and support available at the University.

For those looking to use their research experience outside academia

This year’s Making an Impact programme also sees the launch of Prosper, the University of Liverpool’s new career development model aimed at preparing postdocs for multiple career paths.

Friday 19th June 14:00-15:00 Prosper portal .

Join the Prosper team to get a first look at the portal and its resources including a suite of reflective tools, case-studies, advice on CV writing, interview technique and more, enabling you to explore new careers with confidence.


There have been  weekly prizes for those who tweet thoughts, general images and Gifs representing their engagement with any of the events during the programme using the Making an Impact 2020 hashtag #unilivimpact20

This week our winner is Dr Natalie Pollock, a postdoctoral researcher in Musculoskeletal Biology – congratulations! Natalie will receive an independent Liverpool card, valid for 12 months, affording discounts at over 100 of Liverpool’s best independents to eat, drink and shop.  A great way to support local businesses too (once we are able and it is safe to do so).

Our final winner will be announced next week, as part of our Making an Impact 2020 Twitter competition. So don’t miss you chance to get involved? Remember to use the hashtag #unilivimpact20 follow @LivResearcher and tag @LivResearcher in your tweet.

Gifs have also been designed to recognise and value individuals who engage with #unilivimpact20 and to those individuals that fully engage with a number of different sessions and have a great response from those that have received them.

Over the last two weeks The Academy have awarded 18 bronze, 20 silver and 25 gold awards as well as 15 people achieving our top diamond gif. Over the next few days we look forward to seeing those numbers rise. Further information about entering and competition rules are available here.

Resources, value and recognition

Please don’t forget to check out the Making an Impact resources page which has been updated throughout Making an Impact 2020 and will be available as a permanent resource after the programme ends. Participants are also invited to listen to our Making an Impact podcast specials as part of the Academy’s Developing Practice podcast series.

Ways to find out more

Please visit the Making an Impact webpages where you will find more details on the sessions as well as online resources (including the podcasts), links to the Making an Impact Microsoft Team social space, twitter competition and much more.

Also follow @LivResearcher and the hashtag #unilivimpact20  on Twitter for daily updates on Making an Impact sessions as well as @LivUniAcademy for updates and further information about researcher development opportunities.