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Making an impact: Health psychology, health psychologists and you!

Please note, this event has been postponed and the new date will be announced shortly. If you are interested in being notified of the new date when it is announced please register your interest via the 'Click here to book your place' link below.

Impact is an increasingly core part of the research landscape, for both assessment and funding. For the REF exercise in the UK, universities have to submit case studies within set units of assessment outlining the effects of their research beyond academia. With impact weighting recently increased from 20% to 25%, it is ever more important that impact be strongly integrated into the research process. Similarly funders (both national and international) are increasingly expectant of strong pathways to impact and a return on public spending.

This workshop shall be in three parts. Firstly, we will outline impact, impact definitions, challenges and opportunities and provide participants with a clear understanding of what impact ‘is’. Secondly, we will draw on exemplars of past claimed impact to help demystify some of the concepts and requirements in creating, evidencing and then reporting the health, social, behavioural, policy, practice or economic impact of health psychology research. Thirdly, participants will work on ‘mock cases’ to generate ideas and discussion about issues such as ‘Reach,’ “Significance’ and moving beyond ‘Pathways to Impact’. Participants can also bring their own examples if they wish.

The overall aims of this session are to establish a clear understanding of research impact, build knowledge about how to generate and capture impact and consider how to strengthen the impact of participants’ own research.

Learning Outcomes and Objectives

  1. To understand impact, relevant sector drivers and expectations for funding and assessment
  2. To share examples of good practice with regards to the impact of health psychology research
  3. To enhance knowledge and understanding of the REF Impact agenda in HE
  4. To discuss the challenges in a) creating, b) tracking and c) evidencing impact and using examples, provide some solutions via 'key questions'
  5. To raise awareness of the work of academic health psychologists in collaboration with health, education, social sector etc

Who is the course intended for?

Members and non-members. Academics at all levels from postgraduate student to professorial level are encouraged to attend as thinking about impact should be embedded from early on and throughout one’s career. Research and Impact managers working in health psychology may also be interested.

Please note, this event has been postponed and the new date will be announced shortly. If you are interested in being notified of the new date when it is announced please register your interest via the 'Click here to book your place' link below. If you have any queries please contact us via the event hotline on 01332 224506


Thursday 12th April 2018

Please note, all speakers, timings and content are subject to change.

10:00Intro to impact, Showcase, guidelines and concepts; discussion thereof
13:15Group work: critiquing drafts, scoring against impact criteria, suggestions for evidencing
15:30Concluding discussion
16:00Workshop Close

Speakers and Facilitators

Dr Julie Bayley

Dr Julie Bayley is an impact specialist and HCPC Registered Health Psychologist, and has been an applied researcher in behaviour change interventions since 2003. Julie was seconded as Coventry University’s Impact Officer (2014-6), in which she developed an impact capture system and supported impact strategy, bid-writing and (devised) training institution-wide. Julie has a national and international profile in impact, and won the Association of Research Managers and Administrators (ARMA) Impact Award (2015) in recognition of her work. Julie is champion of the ARMA Impact Special Interest Group, leads ARMA’s national impact training and chairs the Consortia Advancing Standards in Research Administration Information (CASRAI) Impact working group. Julie’s PhD is in health psychology and impact, and having now returned to an academic post she is collaborating internationally on applications of impact literacy and knowledge broker competencies. She is commissioned by NIHR to review impact pathways/risks in the I4I programme and is a consultant to NIHR on revisions to their funding application processes.

From May 2018, Julie will be taking up a new post as Director of Research Impact Development at the University of Lincoln.

Prof Val Morrison

Prof Val Morrison is a Professor of Health Psychology in the School of Psychology at Bangor University and Deputy Head of College (Impact) for the College of Health and Behavioural Sciences. She is also Academic Lead of the ESRC IAA-Impact Acceleration Account. An active research academic for 25 years her research addresses psychological, social and emotional processes and outcomes amongst chronic disease patients and carers. Multidisciplinary and applied research interests align well with a role she has held in Impact since 2006, developing and disseminating an impact strategy, identifying impact awareness and training needs, and supporting the impact agenda at all levels from operational aspects including Pathways to Impact writing, internal grant reviewing, workshop delivery, through to advising on university level strategic planning around impact.


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