Academic Research Impact

We raise the profile of university research to attract funders and students and ensure high scores on impact assessments. We provide high-quality impact training.

Why choose Bulletin Academic?

  • We have worked for around 30 universities and research institutes in the UK, Europe and Hong Kong.
  • We have been involved in impact case study development and training since 2012 and have edited and reviewed hundreds of case studies across most UoAs.

At this stage in the REF cycle our focus is on working with REF officers and academics to ensure that the impact case studies they are preparing are crafted to achieve the best possible outcome.

We do this in two ways: by providing feedback on existing draft submissions or by a complete rewrite by one of our team.

Impact Case Study Assessments and Feedback:

For individual researchers or teams who have produced drafts and are looking for written or face-to-face/telephone feedback.

Feedback will include:

  • Comments on the style of writing, description of research and impacts, and construction of narrative
  • Comments on the likely reach and significance of the impacts demonstrated
  • Comments on the evidence provided
  • Any suggestions for generating further impacts, and/or enhancing existing ones

Impact Case Study Writing

For busy researchers who prefer to leave the drafting or re-drafting of their impact cases in the hands of a professional writer with in-depth experience of the REF.

The service includes:

  • In-depth interview with the researcher
  • Provision of a draft case study based on the interview and any written materials supplied
  • Suggestions on generating further impacts, and/or enhancing existing ones
  • Details on any evidence or other elements missing which the researcher has not been able to supply

Impact Case Study Training

For teams working towards their impact submission for the REF2021, or those wanting to prepare for future REF exercises, we offer a range of workshops that can be tailored to suit individual needs. These include:

  • Advanced Research Impact and Case Study Development
    Our best-selling course offers a complete overview of impact and what it may look like in different areas, how to evidence it and how to construct a compelling impact case
  • Gathering Evidence to Corroborate Your Impact
    How to gather qualitative and quantitative evidence of impact with relevant examples
    How to obtain effective written beneficiary acknowledgements
  • Impact Case Study Writing: Constructing a Coherent Narrative
    Constructing a coherent narrative, stylistic tips and writing practice with feedback
    For individuals and teams who are drafting their impact case studies

REF Environment Statements

Environment Statement Workshops:

For REF co-ordinators and others who are responsible for drafting or reviewing UoA-level Environment Statements. The 3-hour workshop works well for up to 12 UoAs from the same university. Delivered via Zoom or Teams.

By the end of the session, participants will:

  • Be able to explain what constitutes a strong Environment statement
  • Have seen and analysed some strong relevant examples for their UoA from the last REF
  • Have had the opportunity to collate material for their own Environment statements
  • Come away with tips for constructing a coherent and comprehensive narrative
  • Have discussed aspects of their own drafts and/or best practice for drafting their Environment statement

Feedback from recent Environment workshops testifies to their practical usefulness:

“I thought it was brilliant. In fact, I’d go as far as to say it was one of the best training sessions of any kind that I’ve attended in terms of specificity and usefulness.”

“I appreciated the absolute clarity throughout the session in expressing what made a positive environment statement; it was also really useful to reinforce these with the specific examples.”

Environment Statement Feedback:

For both UoA-level and Institutional Environment Statements. The service includes detailed face-to-face feedback on existing drafts (up to 90 minutes) via Zoom, Skype or Teams with particular attention to:

  • Structure of each section
  • Style
  • The way the strategy for research and impact is presented
  • Any missing elements
  • How panels will use the document and what that means for the best way of writing it

Environment Statement Line Edits:

For both UoA-level and Institutional Environment Statements that already contain all the necessary information and data, but need polishing and/or some moderate restructuring.

Academic Impact Training

Our research impact workshops build the skills academic staff need to develop and maximise the impact of their research.

Our lead trainer, Kristine Pommert, is highly experienced and CIPD-qualified, with longstanding experience of designing and delivering a wide range of specialist training.

Our thorough understanding of the impact agenda means we are exceptionally well placed to deliver effective training in this area.

“The feedback from colleagues here has been outstanding… many saying it is one of the most useful training events they have ever had!” 

Dr Wayne Morris, Head of Department and Associate Dean, Faculty of Humanities, University of Chester

 

Each of our workshops has a modular structure so universities can pick exactly what they need. Modules can be tailored to the requirements of each group.

Our current workshops include:

We can also create fully bespoke workshops to meet most academic training needs, so just contact us if you need something different.

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