Researchers Working Towards Impact

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Until recently, researchers mostly focused on developing knowledge in their field and publishing articles in high-impact journals in that field. High-impact meant being cited often by other researchers.


With social challenges becoming global and more complex, the definition of high-impact is shifting. Communities, funders, and governments are looking for evidence-based solutions and universities are urging researchers to have an ‘impact’ beyond the academic realm. But what does research impact even mean, and what is the role of the academic in delivering that impact? Those are the driving questions in this unit.

In this unit, we will approach impact from a variety of different angles, identify stakeholders, and potential knowledge and policy partnerships. We will further explore your impact narrative and ultimately work towards an impact plan that can guide your efforts and support the impact of your research.

By the end of this course you will be able to:

  1. Identify the shifting notion of academic impact and various areas where researchers can make an impact
  2. Identify key partners for impact
  3. Identify the leadership skills related to research impact
  4. Create a basic research impact plan

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Spaces are limited for these units. To register your interest please complete the form below.

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We will be in touch closer to the start date of each unit to let you know if you have been accepted. The Talent Accelerator Program is free to those who have been accepted.