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‘Approaches to facilitating research impact’ | Dr Simon Kerridge, University of Kent, ARMA | 10 June, Saïd Business School (17.00-18.30)


Whilst research has always had impact, research impact is still a relatively new concept in REF terms. The talk will reflect on ways in which research can lead to impact and how this can be evidenced. The main focus will be on approaches and strategies for increasing impact with respect to the next REF. Ideally preparations should begin before the research starts but there are also activities that can be added on during and after the research which can increase the potential for impact.


Simon Kerridge is responsible for the central research office of 25 staff at Kent covering all aspects of research support including pre-award, contracts, post-award, information, REF, ethics and governance. He has been a research manager and administrator for over 20 years and is a veteran of four RAE/REF submissions at two institutions. Simon is the Chair of the Association of Research Managers and Administrators (ARMA) and sits on a number of other related national groups and committees. He is a member of: the steering group of the Independent review of the role of metrics in research assessment which is advising the Higher Education Funding Council for England; the Universities UK Open Access Group; and the Jisc Open Access and ORCID steering groups. He holds a professional doctorate in electronic research administration.

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