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IMPACT SKILLS TRAINING

At WCL, we believe that developing researchers' skills and confidence is at the heart of a successful institutional culture for research impact.

 

Our impact skills training is designed to bridge the gap between general principles of research impact and the 'How do I actually do this?' question. 

Whether you prefer self-paced online courses that you can fit around your busy academic diary, in-person workshops or bespoke training and one-to-one mentoring, our impact training can help you and your research colleagues articulate, plan, and evidence your engagement and impact activity.

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IN-PERSON TRAINING WORKSHOPS

We know from experience that many researchers prefer the focused support and structure offered by in-person workshops and training to optimise learning outcomes, meet fellow researchers, engage in valuable discussion and ask questions. 

 

Our training workshops can usually be delivered face-to-face or online unless specified. We also understand that your research impact training needs may be targeted to a specific topic, discipline or researcher group who want to explore impact topics in more depth or receive one-to-one mentoring and feedback on their impact plans and projects.

 

We are always happy to discuss bespoke training tailored to your institution's specific impact training needs and goals. Use the contact us form or book a call with one of our consultants to learn more.

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INTRODUCTION TO RESEARCH IMPACT

This workshop offers a grounding in the basic concepts of research impact for those new to it. Beginning with your 'why', it provides tips on easy ways to build your impact knowledge and methods to incorporate impact thinking into research planning and projects from the start.

Ideal for: Early career researchers/PhD and those new to impact

Duration: 2 hours (online)

Price: From £1,800 +VAT

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Using logic models and backward mapping, this workshop helps researchers to identify the people and organisations needed to progress their research towards impact, to understand the role those individuals will play and the methods and tools of engagement available before, during and after the research.

 

Ideal for: Researchers at all career stages

Duration: 3 hours

Price: From £2,500 +VAT

PEOPLE MAPPING AND IMPACT PLANNING

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EVIDENCING ENGAGEMENT AND IMPACT

This workshop provides an overview of what impact evidence is and how it differs from evidence of activity. Providing examples of evidence collection methods (tried and tested and the more creative), we look at the benefits of collecting evidence during a project and beyond to help you consider when to start collecting data, how to store it and how to tackle common challenges.

 

Ideal for: Researchers at all career stages

Duration: 3 hours

Price: From £2,500 +VAT

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USING STORYTELLING TO CREATE A COMPELLING IMPACT NARRATIVE

This workshop focuses on using storytelling to help you identify, build or enhance impact narratives in funding proposals, REF impact case studies and career progression. Drawing on inspiring examples, you will learn how to use and present impact stories in formats such as university websites, policy briefs and narrative CVs.

Ideal for: Researchers at all career stages

Duration: 3 hours

Price: From £2,500 +VAT

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This workshop is the ideal grounding for individuals in the impact pipeline expecting to develop an impact case study for REF 2029. As well as busting some common misconceptions about the REF, you’ll come away with a better understanding of the REF impact case study template, what the REF impact panels are assessing, impact evidence for the REF and common characteristics of the best REF case studies.

 

Ideal for: First-time impact case study authors

Duration: 3 hours

Price: From £2,500 +VAT

INTRODUCTION TO REF IMPACT

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WRITING A REF IMPACT CASE STUDY

This is a full-day facilitated writing retreat delivered at your institution or an off-site location. Following brief guidance on writing an impact case study and the requirements for each section of the template, you'll immerse yourself in drafting your case study with opportunities for peer review and feedback. The format of the day is flexible and can be adapted to ICS author needs and where they are in their case study development.

Ideal for: REF impact case study authors

Duration: Full day

Price: From £4,500 +VAT (two facilitators)

Impact Integrators™ Foundations of Impact

Our team has drawn on a wealth of experience working in the Research Councils and Universities across Europe to produce the four Impact Integrators™ self-paced online training courses, which we believe constitute the foundations of impact. 

 

Each course is designed to be the equivalent of a half-day workshop with online access provided for eight weeks. Prices start at £125 pp + VAT for cohorts of 10 people with set starting points throughout the year. Please email us at hello@walcottcomms.co.uk for more info and to register your interest.

 

From our experience, researchers and Universities have far more to gain when impact is fully embedded in research culture, rather than treated as a one-off training exercise. That's why, throughout the courses, you'll hear our founder Saskia Walcott talk about "changing your mindset". For us, this is what it's all about. Whether applying for a grant, developing an impact case study, or networking with partners, our courses are designed to make impact feel second nature to researchers. Something they think about from the very outset, rather than a time-consuming add-on after the event.

Explore the Impact Integrators™ training programme below.

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 I was fortunate to be able to attend three research impact  workshops, and found each of them very helpful to shape my thinking and approaches to integrating Impact into my work.

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