For my final newsletter of 2018, here are a few things I've been finding useful that I thought you might enjoy...
Research into policy
Since I was last in touch, I've finished a three-part series of podcast episodes, and written and read a few useful blogs on getting your research into policy:
Other (more interesting) impact stuff
Finally, given the time of year, I've written a Christmas blog that I hope will get you thinking as you go on your holidays: changing how you think about Christmas can change the world. Happy Christmas from all of us at Fast Track Impact!
- Queen Mary University of London's Public Engagement Evaluation Toolkit is now out - I'll be blogging about this with colleagues from QMUL, NCCPE and Dialogue Matters, who I helped develop the toolkit with, in the new year. More soon!
- I was on a research funding panel a few weeks ago and recorded a podcast about everything I've learned on the importance of impact to funding success and how you can write more competitive impact sections of a grant proposal
- NCCPE have launched a really useful new guide for researchers, Engaging the public through social media: what works?
- Last month on the podcast, I discussed how researchers can become more authentic, and how this can reduce the likelihood of imposter syndrome and help you grow in confidence. To do this, I discussed the daily practice of letting go of who we think we should be and embracing who we are, having the courage to be imperfect, and the need to cultivate compassion with clear boundaries. This is quite a personal episode and has some really deep lessons - I hope you enjoy it!
- I am relieved to announce that my long running dispute with Amazon over who sells The Productive Researcher is at last over (they wanted to sell it for me with free P&P, except as the author I had to pay for the promotion and they would take all my royalties in warehousing fees, and in the meantime they ran the promotion anyway, taking people's money and never sending them their books!). With its hand bound cover and full colour photography throughout, The Productive Researcher makes a great Christmas present for academics resolving to work less in 2019. Get your copy here (or read free excerpts here)
- Many thanks to those of you who answered my survey last month to inform our website refresh. The top adjectives people chose to describe us were clear, effective, strategic, inspiring and empowering. That's exactly want to be so we'll do our best to reflect this in our design. Full results here
P.S. By the time this reaches you I'll be on post-operative sick leave for 5 weeks, so won't be replying to your replies till I'm back towards the end of January
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Research England & N8 funded Chair of Socio-Technical Innovation
School of Natural and Environmental Sciences, Newcastle University
N8 Agri-Food, Institute 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
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