Knowledge exchange & impact assessment
I help individual research centres and institutional clients with their knowledge exchange and impact identification, development and planning—particularly in the areas of life sciences, medicine and veterinary science. With substantial past experience identifying, investigating and drafting impact case studies for the UK Research Excellence Framework (REF2014 and REF2021), I can provide specialist support for horizon scanning across research portfolios, working one-on-one with research staff on personal impact planning, and more strategic planning and prospective case study outlines ahead of future research impact exercises.
Bid writing: I worked with two University of Glasgow professors and 13 partners (11 based across Africa) to research, develop and draft a £19.5m Global Challenges Research Fund UKRI Hub proposal.
Impact horizon scanning & case study development: identifying research with potential impact, interviewing staff members, conducting detailed investigative reporting and evidencing of impacts arising from research beyond academia, and drafting impact case studies to standardised formats for assessment. Clients: University of Glasgow (College of Medical, Veterinary & Life Sciences; College of Science & Engineering; UofG Research Strategy & Innovation Office). To date I have contributed to 75 submitted REF impact case study drafts, and been the lead writer for 34 of these.
Individual staff impact planners: I have worked with core staff members to identify key stakeholder relationships, identify potential impacts and advise on how to integrate a pathway to impact into research strategy. Clients: University of Glasgow (Institute of Biodiversity, Animal Health & Comparative Medicine; MRC-UofG Centre for Virus Research).
Workshops on developing a digital profile: I have helped individual researchers, research groups and research centres to consider how they promote themselves strategically in the digital/online space. Clients: University of Glasgow (College of Social Sciences; MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit; Institute of Biodiversity, Animal Health & Comparative Medicine; Early Career Researchers Forum); University of Stirling (Researcher Development Programme).
I am also an Affiliate Researcher at the Institute of Biodiversity, Animal Health & Comparative Medicine at the University of Glasgow.