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We pursue research excellence to advance knowledge, shape intellectual debate and deliver benefits beyond academia. Using our research to create impact is integral to the University’s Our Future strategic plan. Our mission is to deliver economic, social, cultural, health and wellbeing benefits for society and the environment.

University commitment to research impact

Researchers are expected to seek opportunities for their research to achieve impact where this is appropriate to the specific project. This might be economic, social, cultural or other impacts beyond academia, including research consultancy and commercialisation, in line with our commitments to, and strategies for, innovation, social responsibility, civic, creative and public engagement.  

Plans for knowledge exchange and follow-on activities should be devised as part of research project planning and adjusted appropriately when new/unexpected opportunities arise. Research impact is enabled by our policies and infrastructure, including our specialist professional support teams. Impact is celebrated and rewarded, including through academic probation and promotion criteria. Events celebrating impact include our annual Distinguished Achievement Awards and Making a Difference Awards for social responsibility.

Support for research impact

Knowledge Exchange & Impact Officers provide support across the research lifecycle, including building impact into funding applications, advising on pathways to impact and recording evidence of impact. Local contacts can be found here:

We offer five research impact training modules, which are are available through the Training Catalogue. They are cross discipline and open to early career researchers (ECRs), mid and late-stage researchers and interested Professional Service Colleagues. Topics include:

Specialist professional teams across the institution support research impact, including;

Significant funding supports impact activity, with internal schemes for translational research projects, as well as recurring calls from external funders. This includes flexible support from our UKRI Impact Acceleration Account (IAA) funding streams.

Recording research impact

As well as recording publications, projects and grant information, researchers can use Pure to capture details of other interactions, including knowledge exchange, engagement and impact.

For guidance on creating and recording impact records in Pure, including details on attaching documentation and evidence, see the Pure support website.

Useful resources

Patient and Public Involvement and Engagement (PPIE) toolkit

Information, templates and resources to support you with your PPIE either as a member of staff, student or Public Contributor (a member of the public involved and/or engaged with our research and teaching). 

Promoting your research

An online resource for academics and researchers, to access the tools and support needed to reach new audiences.

Research Communications and Engagement Roadmap (FHums)

External resources