Hi everyone

I hope you are all managing to cope well enough in the challenging circumstances we’re in at the moment. I’ve been struggling to keep up with the basics myself, so this month’s newsletter is going to be shorter than usual. But there are some important new resources I want to highlight…

I’ve been continuing to run impact training workshops online over the last month, and enjoying the new ways we can get deeper and more inclusive interaction via virtual break out rooms, voting exercises, and simultaneous text chat and open mic discussion. Find out more about my online impact training courses, including online versions of our popular new impact culture and influencing policy workshops. Over the last month, I’ve run courses for Birmingham City University, the National Centre for Atmospheric Science, Open University and University of Huddersfield. Just hit “reply” if you want to discuss how I can help you inspire and skill up you and your colleagues with an online course during lockdown. 

New resources from Fast Track Impact 
  • Integrating impact into your UKRI case for support. We still have very limited guidance from UKRI on how to do this, so I’ve put together a new guide with some worked examples of what this might look like.
  • How to write the impact sections of a Horizon 2020 bid - watch the video of last week’s webinar or view the slides (see my full guide here)
  • Free webinar, 5th May 2020: How to write a 4* impact case study
    • Learn from some of the latest research on what made top-scoring case studies in REF2014, based on a recently published linguistic analysis by presenters Bella Reichard and Mark Reed.
    • Find out what made a 4* impact case study, based on research into high versus low-scoring cases in REF2014, and how expectations are changing for REF2021
    • Bring specific questions about your own case study or just join the debate and learn from the discussion
    • Get a free PDF of The Research Impact Handbook (2nd edition) and access to a video recording of the whole session
    • Access is on a first-come-first-served basis, with up to 180 spaces left as of this morning
  • The Productive Researcher is back in stock with an updated edition. Get your copy here
  • I’ve collected all my resources (including my new paper with Bella Reichard and others, analysing high versus low scoring REF2014 case studies) on this new REF resources page
  • Book an online impact training course, including online versions of our popular new impact culture and influencing policy workshops


Research England are consulting on whether to extend the window within which impacts can be claimed for REF2021 due to COVID-19. Attend the Research England webinar on 21st April (they will publish a survey on this page after the webinar) or provide your thoughts already via ARMA’s survey, which they will be sending to Research England. It is difficult to predict how this will go, but there are many compelling reasons to extend the window and all those I know who have contacted Research England so far have been arguing strongly for the extension. Most people I’ve discussed this with are assuming if granted, it might be a 3 month extension, but it could be longer, and it may be on a case-by-case basis depending on the extent to which case studies are affected by COVID-19. Watch this space…

Other useful resources
  • New guide on running online meetings and workshops from facilitation experts Dialogue Matters
  • NCCPE are developing a guide to running online engagement events (I’ll include it in this newsletter when it is released) and their Public Engagement Professionals network (you can join here) is meeting monthly online. Notes from the last session are available here, focusing on the impacts of COVID-19 on public engagement
  • Scottish Government have developed a four-minute survey for policy-makers to evaluate the impact of the research they use. Read the paper

Stay in touch and take care everyone,

Research England & N8 funded Chair of Socio-Technical Innovation
School of Natural and Environmental Sciences, Newcastle University
N8 Agri-FoodInstitute for Agri-Food Research & Innovation and Centre for Rural Economy

Working across the N8 Universities of Durham, Lancaster, Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester, Newcastle, Sheffield and York
Visiting Professor at University of Leeds and Birmingham City University
Research Lead for International Union for the Conservation of Nature’s UK Peatland Programme
Tel. 07538082343
Twitter: @profmarkreed

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