Hello everyone,
I’m excited to be announcing some big changes at Fast Track Impact in this month’s newsletter…

As we fill up the last training slots in 2020 (there are four left if you need one), we want to lead the sector in 2021 as we embrace flexible working and keep all our training online. Surveys show that most workers want more flexibility and many will be asking their employers to let them retain home working days after restrictions on movement have eased. We want to work with you to offer fully online impact training in 2021, enabling colleagues to join trainings without having to commute to work, in an experience that is more inclusive and interactive online than is possible face-to-face. We regularly get feedback that in addition to learning about impact, participants get a masterclass in how to do online engagement. As we emerge from lockdown we’ll be staying online with our lower online prices and flexible, inclusive format. 
In doing this, we want to respond to Covid-19 in a way that honours the lives lost, and the lives of those plunged into poverty and hardship all over the world.  We must change the way we work and train, so that the impacts of covid-19 have not happened in vain.  Globally, we have proven that practically overnight we can make the vast changes necessary to slow the spread of coronavirus and save lives.  Many of you will be thinking, as we are, that these are exactly the kinds of changes required if we are to tackle climate change.  We can tackle the climate crisis together, just as we are tackling Covid-19 together.  We are inviting you to join with us in learning lessons from Covid-19 that can propel us into a new cleaner and healthier future.  Will you join us in making a commitment to change your own homes and University departments? 
Find out more about our online courses for 2021
New website packed with free resources
After months of work behind the scenes, we’re launching a refreshed design to our website, making it easier than ever before to access all our free resources. You’ll find resources you didn’t know about (like how to engage with conspiracy theorists on your pathway to impact), resources that were previously only available in our print magazine or books (including a number of full chapters of The Research Impact Handbook), and brand new resources like our Media Impact Toolkit (see below). This is now the most comprehensive set of evidence-based resources on research impact anywhere in the world, and it is all available completely free with no strings attached - enjoy!
Visit the new website now.
New Media Impact Toolkit launched in collaboration with The Conversation
Fast Track Impact have worked closely with The Conversation over the last year to create a book-length guide and toolkit for press offices and others who want to work more effectively with researchers to generate and evaluate impact from research. It includes new original research and case studies of researchers who worked with the media to generate impressive impacts. You can read the whole toolkit and guide in less than 10 minutes via the summary pages, or dig deeper to get all the content, testing your knowledge with short quizzes at the end of each section. Massive thanks to the members of The Conversation’s Media Advisory Group who helped shape this resource, and to Michael Parker from The Conversation who helped drive this project. 
Start using the Media Impact Guide and Toolkit now 
Free webinar: book now

Hear Mark Reed and Michael Parker talk about the new toolkit and have an opportunity to discuss some of their research findings, case studies and tools with others who work with the media to generate impact from research. 

I’ll be back in touch next month with the usual updates on the latest research and commentary on impacts, but I wanted to devote this email to these announcements. Do let me know what you think! I always enjoy chatting to those of you who hit reply to these emails…
P.S. If you want to reserve one of the four remaining slots in 2020 or book a training for 2021, please contact Madie ASAP
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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