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'Impact and Knowledge Exchange in an Evolving Research Environment', Panel discussion | 17 June, Saïd Business School (17.00-18.30)

The aim of the panel session was to reflect on research impact and knowledge exchange from different angles, from user perspectives and wide public debates, through institutional contexts and the interfaces with different funding bodies, and to international experiences. The session drew to a close a seminar series that included contributions from academics, funding bodies, and research managers, nationally and internationally, in the social sciences and beyond. The series included discussion of metrics, as well as of narrative approaches to articulating impact; of the REF and institutional responses to it, as well as of individual academics' engagement with impact, and the challenges, benefits and dilemmas arising from it; of practical, as well as conceptual and critical, aspects of research impact. In this final session of the series, each panellist made a brief opening contribution, followed by 40 minutes of discussion with the audience.

Biographies

PROF ROGER GOODMAN (ChAIR)

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Sir Andrew Dilnot

Sir Andrew Dilnot is Warden of Nuffield College Oxford and Chairman of the UK Statistics Authority. He was the Chairman of the Commission on the Funding of Care and Support, which reported in 2011. He was Principal of St Hugh's College, Oxford, from 2002 to 2012. He is the presenter of BBC Radio 4's 'A History of Britain in Numbers', and was the founding presenter of BBC Radio 4's series on the beauty of numbers, 'More or Less'. He was Director of the IFS (Institute for Fiscal Studies) from 1991 to 2002.

DR Claire Donovan

Dr Claire Donovan is a Reader in Science and Technology Studies, and joined Brunel University London in 2010. She previously held research and teaching positions at the Research School of Social Sciences, The Australian National University; Nuffield College, Oxford University; and The Open University. She has published extensively on research evaluation and research policy, and has long been an advocate for considering the unique qualities of the humanities, arts and social sciences within science-based evaluation systems. In 2006 she was Chair of an Australian Government Technical Working Group on Research Impact where she championed the use of case studies and narratives alongside robust impact indicators. The work of this group influenced the design of REF2014.

During 2015 Claire is a Visiting Research Fellow in the Department of Education, Oxford University, and a Visiting Fellow in the Research School of Social Sciences at The Australian National University. She has been a visiting fellow at Cambridge University, Harvard University, the London School of Economics, the National University of Singapore, and the University of Sussex. In 2013 she was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

PROF CoLETTE FAGAN

Colette Fagan is Professor of Sociology and Deputy Dean of the Faculty of Humanities at the University of Manchester, UK. Her research focuses on the field of employment and public policy with particular interests in gender inequalities and gender mainstreaming; working conditions and job quality; working-time (and time-use more broadly); and international comparative analysis. She is the UK national academic expert in the European Commission's Expert Network on Employment and Gender Equality (ENEGE) and a member of the Eurofound Advisory Committee on Working Conditions. Her other engagements as an academic consultant to the policy community include research reports for the European Commission, Eurofound, the European Parliament, the European Trade Union Institute, the International Labour Office and the OECD.

Her current research projects include co-organising an ESRC-funded seminar series: Work-life Balance, the Recession and Beyond http://www.esrc-work-life-seminars.org/

Colette has a close interest and involvement in the evolving research impact agenda. As Deputy Dean she led the preparation of The University of Manchester’s REF2014 submission to Panels C and D (twenty units of assessment with 81 impact case studies) and she is the University academic lead for managing the University’s ESRC Impact Acceleration Account. In her academic role her research was selected as one of the six impact case studies for the University’s sociology submission to REF2014 http://www.socialsciences.manchester.ac.uk/research/research-impact/international-employment-policies/.

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PROF Alis Oancea

Prof Alis Oancea is Deputy Director for Research and Associate Professor in Oxford University’s Department for Education. She was Senior Impact Advisor at the University of Oxford (2012-13) and is currently convening the Policy, Economy, and Society research theme of her department, as well as chairing its KE and Impact committee. Alis has recently completed an AHRC-funded study of innovative methods for capturing the cultural value of research (2013-14), a textual analysis of the REF 2014 impact submission by the University of Oxford (2015), and a baseline study for the British Educational Research Association’s Observatory of comparative trends in educational research, business and management, and psychology research (2014). Other recent work includes a study of indicators and metrics for research impact in clinical medicine (2012) and one on practices of impact in STEM, social sciences, and humanities (2011). She is currently leading a HEIF project on knowledge exchange in the social sciences (2013-15).

PROF IAN WALMSLEY

Prof Ian Walmsley is Hooke Professor of Experimental Physics and Professorial Fellow of St Hugh’s College. Prior to being appointed Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research) in February 2009, he was Head of Atomic and Laser Physics at Oxford, and served as Director of the Institute of Optics at the University of Rochester in the US. In 2011 he also took on responsibility for Academic Services and University Collections. His research is in the areas of ultrafast optics and quantum optics. He is a Fellow of the Optical Society of America, the American Physical Society, and the UK Institute of Physics, as well as a Science Delegate for Oxford University Press and a member of the Board of Directors of Isis Innovation. In April 2012 he was elected to the Fellowship of the Royal Society.

As Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research), Professor Walmsley chairs the University’s Research Committee and is responsible for coordinating the University's relationships with its major research funders and the engagement of research activity with wider audiences.

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