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Most of us are familiar with the REF (Researcher Excellence Framework) that identifies impact beyond academia. It has become a key criteria measuring success in higher education and thus important for the Postgraduate community if you want a career in academia. Evidently there can be some discrepancy of how much research within the humanities can have impact beyond institutional halls and how this relates to our careers. Looking at current academic job offers impact (25 %) has become an important criteria to assess the quality of research applications. This workshop will introduce you to three key aspects of impact: academic, REF-specific and beyond HE. Three experts from the University of Kent will provide some much needed insights into why impact matters for your career. The ultimate goal of this day is to learn how to shape your research profile to comply within REF requirements early on to get a head start in academia.
14.00 – 14.20 Introduction and Welcome
14.20 – 15.20 Session 1 Introduction to Research impact assessment
Kirsty Wallis (Research Support Librarian) from the Library Research Support IS Team will provide a much needed introduction to some of the assessment metrics of quantifying the academic impact of research outputs to establish if others are reading, using or citing it. She will focus on the importance of measuring the impact of journals, articles and individuals to give helpful advice on how we can use these measuring criteria to make our work more discoverable and usable.
15.30 16.30 Session 2 How to tailor your CV to the REF
Madeline Bell (Impact and Engagement Officer) from Research Services will introduce the measurement criteria for impact as understood by the Ref. She will also give practical guidance on how to go about tailoring your own work for future job applications. Emphasis will be on strategically planning and starting one's publishing record for a growing academic CV based on REF criteria.
16.40 – 17.20 Session 3 Tackling Imposter Syndrome: developing your wider impact skill set
Sandy Fleming (Press Officer) from Kent Corporate Communications will give us some practical advice on how to communicate with non-academic audience. Specifically, she will focus on how we can make our research relevant for a range of media outlets, such as social media, news articles or the BBC. She will also explain why media presence matters and how the university as well as we as researchers benefit from media publicity.
17.30 Wine reception and networking opportunity
At the end of the day Kirsty, Madeleine, and Sandy will be available for personal advice during a glass of wine and some nibbles.
LocationSeminar room 9,
Cornwallis North West,
University of Kent,
DetailsOpen to all PG students in the Humanities,
Contact: Sandra Maurer