Postgraduate Researchers: Reflect, Revisit and Prepare for More Making an Impact 2024

We’re halfway through Making an Impact 2024 and we have already hosted over 400 participants from University of Liverpool and beyond, including researchers from universities across the UK, Africa and Europe, including Ukraine and Ireland. So many inspirational career development sessions have already taken place and as many again still to come.

There are another 22 research impact and knowledge exchange events open to postgraduate researchers (PGRs) before Making an Impact 2024 ends on the 14th June, including sessions on AI, collaborating with non-academic partners, building resilience, sustainable innovation, visualising your research, applying for fellowships, and many more.

Embed your learning

Week 3 (27th – 31st May) of Making an Impact 2024 is our Embedding week, a chance for you to reflect on what you’ve learned and consider how you might put it into practice. To help, we’ve created self-reflection logs which you can use to reflect and write down your thoughts and plans on your learnings from Making an Impact 2024 so far. This includes a wellbeing reflection log and links to our wellbeing hub as we encourage you to take breaks and consider how you can support a healthy work-life balance and build wellbeing in your day-to-day practice.

We have provided these logs to help you to think about how you can put into practice what you have learnt and what actions you need to pursue that will make the difference to your future career. How will you use the knowledge gained from attending a session to strengthen your networking abilities, articulate your skills or communicate your research findings to a variety of audiences?

Access the self-reflection logs here.

You can also use the Embedding week to catch up on any sessions you weren’t able to attend, by using the ‘Videos’ page in our Virtual Delegate Pack, with recordings available within 48 hours of the events taking place.

The Virtual Delegate Pack is filled with many other ways to engage with Making an Impact to help you on your development journey, including: 3 new episodes of the Making an Impact Developing Practice podcast, 16 new blogs written by our expert facilitators, the Community Delegate Database, the Making an Impact 2024 Pocket Book of Top Tips, wellbeing resources, family-friendly activities and our inspirational playlist.

A legacy of learning for Postgraduate Researchers

Making an Impact 2024 is purposefully designed to create a legacy of learning, boosting your academic research impact and knowledge exchange potential throughout the year, beyond the 5 weeks of the series.

Making an Impact is now in its seventh year, and we have a rich library of past resources to support your development. The Making an Impact Resource Hub is a diverse open-access resource freely available for all research staff and students to access at a time and place that suits you. The carefully curated resources include 200+ recorded sessions, 13 podcasts, 15 visual summaries, 16 keynotes, 55 workshops, 38 webinars, and 7 panel discussions.

During this week in the middle of Making an Impact 2024 we encourage you to take advantage of the wide variety of resources that are available to enhance your research impact skills and knowledge.

Explore all the Making an Impact resources here

Enter the Making an Impact Weekly Sprints Competition

Have you entered the Making an Impact Weekly Sprints Competition yet? Every week there are 10 prizes to win simply by posting on social media what you’ve enjoyed or learned during Making an Impact 2024. Tag #UniLivImpact24 and @LivResearcher (X/Twitter) or The Academy (LinkedIn) and we’ll be in touch at the end of each week if you’ve won. And if you aren’t on social media then email your thoughts to with the subject line ‘Making an Impact 2024 Weekly Sprint’. Find out more about the Weekly Sprints here!

Looking ahead

There are still so many fantastic opportunities waiting for you during Making an Impact 2024. Don’t miss our final two Keynote discussions where you can learn about the strategic partnerships and priorities of the University and discover future opportunities for research collaborations:

  • Creative collaborations; developing Knowledge Quarter Liverpool (6 June, 10:00-11:30). Learn how development of the Liverpool Knowledge Quarter has brought opportunities for research collaborations and cutting-edge research, and how you can take advantage of these. The keynote is followed by a chance to network with colleagues over refreshments.
  • The opportunities and challenges of global research collaboration (13 June, 13:00-14:00). Professor Tariq Ali, Pro Vice Chancellor for Global Engagement and Partnerships will share how the University’s strategy for global engagement will help you to develop your networks and partnerships for global impact, including with industry. The keynote is proceeded by light refreshments for lunch from 12:30-1, allowing you the chance to network with colleagues.

Upcoming highlights for the last two weeks of Making an Impact 2024 for PGRs:

View all sessions available to PGRs here:

No need to book, just turn up with your mug!

Join your peers and the PGR development team for free tea or coffee to build your connections across the university. Share your experiences of Making an Impact and what you have learnt:

The Academy’s Researcher Development and Culture Team is committed to offering support for all researchers, academics, research-enabling staff and postgraduate researchers at all career levels, providing opportunities and developing initiatives that meet their career aspirations. Colleagues are encouraged to regularly access the Researcher Hub for a range of on-demand development opportunities to support professional practice, supplementing the live upcoming researcher development activities.