Making an Impact 2023: Bookings now open for postgraduate researchers

Making an impact

With over 90 sessions, ranging from 15 minute drop-in research impact clinics to a 3-hour impact evaluation workshop, bookings are now open for this years’ prestigious Making an Impact 2023 annual series of development opportunities for all research and academic staff, and postgraduate research students (PGRs) – which will run from 5-9 June 2023.

Bookings are now open!

Search for all sessions in our online programme. This programme enables you to filter for relevance related to day, job role, and areas of the Making an Impact 2023 Framework. It has never been easier to find sessions that are specific to your needs! Please book early to avoid disappointment.

The sessions in this Series have been specially curated to cover all areas of the Making an Impact 2023 Framework and to be applicable to researchers at all career levels and phases, including PGRs, to Postdocs to Mid-Career Researchers to Professors.

This year, a variety of online and in-person opportunities are available, including tours of the Materials Innovation Factory and Digital Innovation Facility, 1:1 Impact Surgeries and Career Consultations, as well as stories from entrepreneurs, and workshops on how to speak industry and starting up a commercial or social enterprise.

Using the Making an Impact Framework to choose your sessions

With such a rich programme of events, we know it can be difficult to know what sessions to choose, Our searchable programme has all sessions mapped to the Making an Impact 2023 Framework with a key on the programme highlighting which knowledge exchange area and innovation theme will be covered in each session. The framework has 5 Innovation Themes and 8 Knowledge Exchange areas– these can be used to create a personalised pathway of engagement with the sessions on offer so that you can engage at a time and frequency that best suits your research impact needs, ambitions and interests.

Some highlighted sessions through the week that have been specifically curated with PGRs in mind include:

1:1 Career Consultations, throughout the week

Have a conversation with an experienced career consultant and coach to help you to understand more about yourself, who you are and what is important to you.

Monday 5th June: morning or afternoon sessions available

Tuesday 6th June: sessions available from 11:30-15:30

Thursday 8th June: sessions available from 09:30-17:30

Friday 9th June: morning sessions available

Monday 5th June, 12:30-13:15: How to Speak Industry

This masterclass will introduce you to the key words, their definitions and why they matter when working with a commercial organisation. With lots of online chat and a Q&A at the end, be prepared to consider how to usefully apply this knowledge in the context of your career strategy.

Tuesday 6th June, 09:30-11:00 Keynote: Galvanizing Research and Impact through Innovation and Collaboration – A Conversation with our Vice Chancellor, Professor Tim Jones

Join us for a conversation with Professor Tim Jones about the value of research collaboration and innovation and why this is a key priority for University of Liverpool. This session includes a breakfast networking buffet for connections and informal conversations.

Wednesday 7th June, 109:30-11:00 Communication Skills for Career Success

Pitching and talking about your research, and adapting it your audience in terms of length, context and language is one of the most useful skills for job interviews, conferences and connecting with other people. This session will help you to become a stronger listener, develop leadership qualities and understand how to connect with others.

Thursday 8th June, 14:30-16:30 Writing for Public Audiences: Communicating your Research Clearly

This interactive workshop is a perfect chance to work on your writing skills. You will think about how to write your research story for public audiences, who your target audiences may be and how to get the most impact out of the written word. We will also explore where you can go with your research stories and how to reach the public through different platforms.

Friday 9th June, 09:30-11:30 Positive Intelligence – Making your Mind your Best Friend!

The session will introduce 7 of the most common self-sabotaging voices and help participants to understand more about their own. Positive Intelligence techniques help participants start to quieten the negative chatter and unlock more potential. When practiced regularly they can help people rebound from setbacks, recover quickly and focus on potential rather than pitfalls!

Why should I engage with Making an Impact?

Impact is all about the things that we want to achieve through our research – in short, the outcomes of it. Thinking about impact in research is vital because it helps to keep the focus on the overall purpose – rather than the process – of research. This Series enables all researchers, from those at the beginning of their researcher journey to those who have been actively conducting research for many years, to enhance their skills and generate impactful research. Past examples of how research at University of Liverpool is changing society for the better can be found here.

Making an Impact 2023 (#UniLivImpact23) Competitions and Awards

Leading up to and throughout Making an Impact, we will be running a series of competitions for you to engage with.

These include a Virtual Photo Booth and 6-week Social Media Challenge. Please follow @LivResearcher and @LivUniAcademy (Twitter) or The Academy (LinkedIn) to find out more. Further information can be found here.

Virtual Delegate Pack and Online Resource Hub

Leading up to June, a Virtual Delegate Pack will continue to be updated with resources relevant to this years’ sessions. This includes new podcasts, an inspirational playlist, and a pocket book of Top Tips.

Previous resources, including session recordings and podcasts, can be found on the Making an Impact Online Hub

Please contact with any queries.