Making an Impact 2024: bookings now open for Postgraduate Researchers

Bookings are open for Making an Impact 2024, the Academy’s annual award-winning series of research impact development opportunities, with over 50 sessions specifically tailored to the research and career development needs of postgraduate researchers (PGRs).

Running from 13th May to 14th June, Making an Impact 2024 equips participants with the skills and mindset needed to bridge the gap between academia and the real world, becoming research innovators who can create positive change in society. PGRs at all stages of their studies can develop their knowledge exchange and research impact skills, helping them to realise the research journey and future career that they want.

Early booking is strongly recommended to avoid disappointment, as a number of sessions have limited spaces available.

What will you gain from attending Making Impact?

Across a diverse programme you can learn to harness generative AI, develop your collaborative skills, discover narrative CVs, understand research funding, and grow your ability to communicate your research. There are sessions to help you to build your researcher profile, use LinkedIn for your career, visualise your research, and increase your productivity. Plus, our alumni sessions enable you to hear from former University of Liverpool PGRs about how they’ve used the skills they developed during their studies to impact the wider community in Liverpool, the UK and globally.

Don’t miss this exciting opportunity to shape the future of your research and knowledge exchange at the University of Liverpool.

View the full Making an Impact 2024 searchable programme and register for sessions here:

Notable highlights of this year’s programme for PGRs:

Engaging with Making an Impact 2024

In the run up to and during Making an Impact 2024 you can:

Navigate the programme of events via the searchable programme, with all sessions mapped to the Making an Impact 2024 Framework highlighting which of the eight knowledge exchange areas and five innovation themes will be covered in each session. 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.

Join our brand-new community delegate database to connect with our facilitators and other delegates, building relationships with colleagues from across industry and staff from across the University of Liverpool and our partners, including those at Sumy State University. Making an Impact is also taking over the Researcher Development Activities Teams Channel from April till June, so join the channel to share insights with other PGRs and keep up to date with Making an Impact opportunities.

Explore the updated Virtual Delegate Pack to discover helpful resources, an inspirational playlist, our incredible Pocket Booklet of Top Tips and over 15 fascinating blogs from our some of our incredible facilitators. We’ll also be releasing three new podcast episodes, guest hosted by PGRs, covering how to build an effective outreach strategy, enhance your research through reproducibility and openness, and promote your research through the media.

Enter our weekly Making an Impact Sprints to be in with a chance of winning exciting prizes by telling us what you’re looking forward to or have enjoyed about Making an Impact 2024. You can even enter our Pre-sprint Warm-up until Making an Impact 2024 starts by sharing what you’re most excited for or what you enjoyed about last year’s Making an Impact. With 60 prizes to win there’s no reason not to enter!

Follow @LivResearcher on X/Twitter and The Academy on LinkedIn to discover all the latest opportunities during Making an Impact 2024, using the hashtag #UniLivImpact24.

View the full Making an Impact 2024 searchable programme and register for sessions here:

Other PGR Development events:

Three Minute Thesis Competition: An opportunity not to be missed

Summarise your thesis in a 3-minute video and compete to represent the University at a national level.

The deadline for entry to the heats is Monday 8th April, 2pm. Further information about the University of Liverpool Three Minute Thesis Competition and how to enter:

For more information about upcoming sessions, visit the PGR Development Hub:

For information about the monthly PGR Coffee and Connect meetings, additional PGR community-related events and all PGR Development opportunities led by the Academy, please keep an eye on the PGR Development Canvas site announcements. Please note that you require a University of Liverpool MWS account to access the Canvas space. All PGRS are automatically enrolled on registration, or you can self-enrol using this link.

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. PGRs are encouraged to regularly access the  Researcher Development (RD) Roadmap where bespoke on-demand development pathways can be created to support professional practice. Follow  @LivResearcher for updates and information about further PGR development opportunities.