Days left for postgraduate researchers to book for Making an Impact 2023

Making an impact

There is not long to register for Making an Impact 2023 – our annual series of development opportunities for all research and academic staff, and postgraduate research students (PGRs) to enhance their knowledge and skills in relation to research impact.

Embedding and understanding impact is a key skill to develop because it helps to keep researchers focused on the overall purpose – rather than the process – of research. Additionally, it helps researchers engage with different key partners and widen their focus to consider the full research cycle.

Making an Impact 2023 includes a mix of online and in-person opportunities have been specially curated with PGRs in mind to help develop this skill, including 1:1 career coaching sessions, tours of our amazing innovation facilities, masterclasses and workshops on collaborating with business and industry, public engagement and open research, and a social media bootcamp.

Please use the searchable programme to book your sessions.

Join the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Tim Jones, in conversation with Dr James Howard, Director of the Academy

On Tuesday, 6th June, Professor Tim Jones, Vice-Chancellor of University of Liverpool will be discussing how to galvanise research and impact through innovation and collaboration. This event will be preceded by a networking breakfast. Join us from 09:30 to engage with your peers from across the university and hear Professor Jones’ thoughts on the value of research collaboration and innovation for impact and why this is a key priority for University of Liverpool. Book here.

From Liverpool to Impact – stories from University of Liverpool alumni

Hearing from our successful partners and experts in many professions can provide fascinating insights for when you are considering the next stage in your career. We are proud to present our ‘From Liverpool to impact’ sessions, which celebrate the incredible successes and varied career journeys of University of Liverpool alumni, including talks from those working in publishing, medicine, and financial businesses, and entrepreneurs. These are also open to our partners outside the university and can be booked here:

Why should I engage with Making an Impact?

Making an Impact is highly flexible and participants will be able join numerous live sessions, which are supplemented with a rich catalogue of asynchronous resources. These can be found in our Virtual Delegate Pack, which includes resources from previous years of Making an Impact and will be continually updated with new content that is relevant to this years’ sessions from now until after the programme ends in June. This includes three new podcasts, covering how to collaborate with non-academic partners, how to design research with impact in mind and being creative in how you evaluate impact. Further content includes an inspirational playlist and Pocket Book of Top Tips that has been created by the facilitators and experts delivering many of the sessions this year.

Asynchronous resources can be accessed at any time and are linked to many of the live sessions throughout the Making an Impact programme.

Additional highlights for PGRs include:

Monday, 5th June

  • Career decision making in the innovation ecosystem | 11:00-12:00 | In-person | Book here
  • Don’t know where to start with a narrative CV? | 13:00-14:00 | In-person | Book here
  • Facility Tour: When imagination turns to innovation | 14:00-14:45 | In-person | Book here

Tuesday, 6th June

  • An introduction to entrepreneurship for researchers |11:30-14:00 | Online | Book here
  • Getting attention: Elevator pitching | 13:30-14:30| In-person | Book here

Wednesday 7th June

  • Creativity, innovation & problem-solving toolkit for research environments | 12:00-13:30 | In-person | Book here
  • Finding balance through better boundaries | 14:00-15:30 | In-person | Book here

Thursday 8th June

  • Evaluating impact: Going above and beyond the evaluation form | 09:30-12:30 | Online | Book here
  • Facility Tour: Materials Innovation Factory | 11:00-11:45 | In-person | Book here
  • Owning your personal brand | 14:00-15:00 | In-person | Book here

Friday 9th June

  • Raising your research profile by writing for The Conversation | 13:30-15:00 | Online | Book here
  • Discovering the mechanisms that define our world | 12:00-13:00 | Online | Book here
  • Does it look like a duck? Reproducibility using LEGO® | 14:00-14:45 | Book here

Further information

The Academy remains committed to offering the best possible, high-quality support for all researchers, providing opportunities and developing initiatives that meet their aspirations and identify new potential routes to develop and progress their careers. Research staff are encouraged to regularly access the  Researcher Development (RD) Roadmap where bespoke development pathways can be created to support professional practice, supplementing upcoming postgraduate researcher development activities.

Visit the Researcher Hub for more information and research staff development information and opportunities.

Follow @LivResearcher, @LivUniAcademy and @UoL_RSA for updates and information about further staff development opportunities.