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Impact in an evolving research environment

The six seminars in the series 'Impact and Knowledge Exchange in an Evolving Research Environment' provided an opportunity for dialogue around new directions in Knowledge Exchange and impact policy, governance, and practice, involving key stakeholder groups. The series is an output of a seminar series held at the University of Oxford in the summer term 2015, convened by Prof Roger Goodman, Head of the Social Sciences Division and Prof Alis Oancea, Deputy Director of Research at the University of Oxford’s Department of Education

# Episode Title Description People Date
1 Impact and Knowledge Exchange in an Evolving Research Environment A panel session reflecting on research impact and knowledge exchange from different angles, from user perspectives and wide public debates, through institutional contexts and the interfaces with different funding bodies, and to international experiences Andrew Dilnot, Claire Donovan, Colette Fagan, Roger Goodman 21 Sep 2015
2 Approaches to facilitating research impact The talk will reflect on ways in which research can lead to impact and how this can be evidenced. The main focus will be on approaches and strategies for increasing impact with respect to the next REF. Simon Kerridge 21 Sep 2015
3 Competing for excellence: Perverse and constructive effects of evaluation machines in academia Professor Paul Wouters discusses the current tensions in the way researchers are being evaluated and assessed and introduces the concept of "evaluation machines" to understand the dynamics behind disconnected assessment practices. Paul Wouters 21 Sep 2015
4 What was I thinking?! - being an academic in the age of impact Reflecting on experience as academic lead for the Warwick Commission for the Future of Cultural Value, Dr Eleonora Belfiore explores the possibilities and challenges that developing a collaborative approach to generating fresh policy thinking entails. Eleonora Belfiore 21 Sep 2015
5 Understanding research impact: analysis of the REF impact case studies Delivering impact from research has become a central feature of the research policy landscape in the UK and beyond, in this seminar Dr Stephen Hill considers what is meant by ‘research impact’ and examines recent impact case studies. Steven Hill 21 Sep 2015
6 In metrics we trust? Impact, indicators & the prospects for social science over the next five years James Wilsdon talks about the role of metrics in researcg assessment and the opportunities & dilemmas for the social sciences & humanities. James Wilsdon, David Walker 21 Sep 2015