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Support for impact

The University is strongly committed to building, embedding and supporting research impact.  Academic and administrative support  is available both within FBMH and the wider University. Please do not hesitate to contact your School Knowledge Exchange and Impact Officer for help in the first instance (see faculty support) – they can advise on all aspects of research impact, including impact in funding applications, monitoring impact through the life of your project and beyond; knowledge exchange and impact funding schemes; signposting to other areas of support, such as training available for impact, how to raise your research profile through communications and engagement etc.  As a starting point, a number of FBMH, UoM and external sites have been signposted below. 

Faculty Support

The Research Policy and REF Team in FBMH, headed by Rupa Lunan, is responsible for providing support in FBMH for the REF, the Research Review Exercise, impact, policy development and the provision of management information.

Three Knowledge Exchange and Impact Officers support the development of impact across the Faculty, with each School and REF Unit of Assessment having dedicated support as detailed below.

The Faculty is also supported by a Network of academic Impact Ambassadors, each of whom facilitates the coordination of the Faculty’s research impact activities across the Schools and Divisions.  Other useful faculty teams who can provide support for your impact activities are: 

  • Faculty Social Responsibility and Public Engagement Team - for information and advice concerning the contribution of research to the social and economic wellbeing of our communities.
  • Faculty Communications and Marketing Team - provides a wide variety of services across many digital channels, along with print and other offline materials, and for both internal and public-facing audiences to help researchers increase the reach of their research.
  • Centre for Academic and Researcher Development (CARD) - CARD is a centre of excellence for academic and researcher development.  It provides a suite of training and development programmes to support your research, teaching and learning, social responsibility and career advancement in an integrated and embedded way. 
  • Faculty Business Engagement Team - aim to bridge the gap between academia and industry by facilitating interactions. They support a range of activities including strategic partnerships, research projects, consultancy, sharing facilities, recruiting talent and Knowledge Exchange

The Faculty Impact Strategy was launched in 2019 with a focus on promoting and facilitating a research environment with significant impact on health, public policy and society. The Knowledge Exchange and Impact officers work closely with Impact Ambassadors to foster and promote the impact agenda across the Faculty.

University Support

  • Business Engagement & Knowledge Exchange Team - supports partnership activity with external organisations across a number of mechanisms including collaborative research, consultancy, knowledge exchange, student projects and sharing facilities.
  • Research impact at Manchester - a central resource for guidance, support and templates to assist with planning impact into research activities. 
  • Translation Manchester - Translation Manchester brings together a network of support, facilities and expertise to make the pathway to translation quicker and easier.
  • FSE Impact Resources - useful information collated by the FSE impact team on how you can access a range of support and services at University and Faculty of FSE level to help with impact-related research activities.
  • Innovation Factory - driving the commercialisation of the University's innovations and Intellectual Property. Its core mission is to use IP to create positive social and economic impact.
  • UoM Library Services - for a range of specialised services tailored for researchers including citation services, altmetrics data, business data services, research data management and research collection management.
  • UoM Public and Community Engagement - for a range of guides and toolkits to support your public engagement activities.
  • Policy@Manchester - expert advice to help researchers contribute to public policy development at home and abroad.
  • Pure - the University’s research information system, which can be used by researchers to capture details of interactions including knowledge exchange, engagement and impact. 
  • Patient and Public Involvement and Engagement - the Pubic and Patients website of NIHR Manchester BRC, which outlines the range of activities of their work with people and patients to inform, discuss, listen and make decisions about their research.
  • Promoting your Research – a resource for academics and researchers to promote their work and get noticed.

External Resources

  • Fast Track Impact - award winning impact resources for researchers by Professor Mark Reed (Professor of Rural Entrepreneurship at Scotland’s Rural College, SRUC). 
  • Research impact at the UK Parliament – ways to engage with Parliament, How To guides, training and events 
  • National Coordinating Centre for Public Engagement – support and resources for achieving impact from public engagement activities 
  • London School of Economics Impact Blog – a hub for researchers, students, think-tanks, government, and anyone else interested in maximising the impact of research 
  • Julie Bayley Blog - very insightful posts on impact from the Director of Research Impact Development at the University of Lincoln.
  • REF2014 database of impact case studies 
  • Altmetric Explorer - metrics and qualitative data including citations on Wikipedia and in public policy documents, discussions on research blogs and mainstream media coverage to give an indication of reach and influence of research. 
  • UKRI – impact stories from across the Research Councils, Innovate UK and Research England which demonstrate how UKRI-funded research is delivering social, cultural, economic and knowledge impact.
  • UKRI Good Research Resources Hub – this hub brings together policies, standards and guidance to support researchers, innovators and organisations. Includes guidance on public engagement and co-production in research.