The Division has now recruited three Research Impact Facilitators – Samantha Harper, Elizabeth Hodges and Francesca Richards each have responsibility for a selection of departments and have begun meeting with departments to discuss how they can best support their needs. They will be the primary point of contact for support and advice on research impact, providing technical expertise and active assistance to academic colleagues and departmental support staff especially those developing impact case studies for REF 2021. The team is coordinated by Aileen Marshall-Brown (SSD Senior Research Impact Facilitator) and Tim Davies (SSD REF Manager).
The team will generally split their time working with the following departments:
|Faculty of Law
||Saïd Business School
|Politics and International Relations
|Oxford Internet Institute
|Blavatnik School of Government
||Global Area Studies
||Social Policy and Intervention
Prior to joining the Social Sciences Division in January 2019, Samantha worked as an Impact Officer within the Humanities Division at the University of Winchester. This followed two years as a researcher at the same institution on a Leverhulme-funded project centred on the Early Tudor Court. Samantha formerly had a career as a Foreign Exchange Dealer for HSBC Treasury Markets, and later as the Manager of the Cash Management and Treasury Sales team within the Custody side of the Bank. Working collaboratively with different departments to develop and write high-quality impact case studies is a challenge that Samantha is very much looking forward to. Sam completed her PhD, on the Crown-City relationship during the reign of Henry VII, at the Institute of Historical Research, University of London in 2015.
Elizabeth has worked for the Faculty of Law since 2014 - most recently in the Research Facilitation team providing pre- and post- award support and, before that, as Donor Relations Coordinator for the Faculty’s Development team managing the Faculty’s relationships with its corporate benefactors. Prior to this, she worked in London for five years as a speech-writer and researcher in the House of Lords and as a project manager for the Crossbench Peer Lord Mawson’s social enterprise company Andrew Mawson Partnerships. The company helps facilitate collaboration between government, corporations and the public sector. Elizabeth is passionate about communicating the impact of research beyond the Academy and developing external relationships with the University to enable this. Elizabeth completed a DPhil in World War Literature at Merton College in 2013.
Francesca has worked as the Research Impact Officer for Social Sciences Division since 2016, and has been responsible for running the ESRC Impact Acceleration Account. In this role, she has supported over 100 impact projects, as well as developing cross-University impact opportunities, skills training and research communications. Prior to this, she was an AHRC Cultural Engagement Fellow at Durham, where she worked closely with arts, schools and museum partners to deliver workshops and public engagement activities (building on 3 years of facilitating similar projects as an RA). She has also worked previously at the Oxford India Centre for Sustainable Development and Oxford’s International Strategy Office. Francesca is very much looking forward to working closely with departments to showcase their achievements effectively in the impact case studies. She completed her AHRC-funded PhD on literary versions of Homer’s Odyssey for children at Durham University in 2015.