Research and knowledge exchange

Research with Impact Day 2022

Research with Impact Day took place at the Bramber House Conference Centre on Tuesday 7 June 2022. This was a day of networking and showcasing activity, discussions and training sessions, and the return of our impact awards, which celebrate the creativity and commitment of those pursuing and supporting research with impact at Sussex.

All staff were welcome from across the academic Schools and the Professional Services. You can read about the day's sessions below and in our News article.

Research Staff Showcase

9.30-12.00 Terrace Room

Dedicated to our Research Staff community, the Showcase event featured marketplace-type ‘stalls’ at which researchers presented their research and activities. Attendees had the opportunity to find out more about their leading and innovative work, to network amongst new and familiar colleagues, and to vote for the best stall (winner was announced at the Awards Reception closing the event). 

Professional Services Drop-ins

10.00-12.00 Gallery Room 2

Attendees meet and found out about the work of our Professional Services teams supporting various aspects of research across the University, at a range of ‘drop-in’ tables. This was an opporuntity to just turn up and have a chat, ask questions, get to know who’s who in the research support community, and how they might assist you in your research activities and career.

Impact Question Time

12.00-13.00 Gallery Room 1

What could you learn from your colleagues to help you progress along your impact journey? Attendees heared from four Sussex researchers whose impacts were submitted to REF 2021, speaking about the various approaches, opportunities, challenges and successes they’ve experienced on their pathways to impact.

  • Prof Winfried Hensinger (Physics), whose blueprint for building quantum computers has stimulated major public policy development, a shift in public interest, as well as private investment in Sussex spin-out company Universal Quantum.  

  • Prof Jane Oakhill (Psychology), whose research on reading comprehension development and difficulties has influenced national curriculum changes, training and teaching practice.  

  • Dr Pollyanna Ruiz (Media and Communication), whose research exploring activism and the media has included supporting a youth advocacy campaign to change minds and save heritage spaces from development.  

  • Dr Josh Siepel (SPRU), whose research on the economic importance of the creative industries and creative clusters frequently feeds into public and industry policy and investment in the sector. 

Afternoon parallel training sessions


Integrating impact into your funding applications

Gallery Room 1/2 (TBC)

Following UKRI's removal of the Pathways to Impact section in funding applications, this session covered: where and how to integrate impact into your proposals, what to consider when planning your project’s impact, and top tips to maximise integration of impact through your application form, followed by Q&A. Led by: Research Development and RQI.


Achieving impact through knowledge exchange and commercialisation

Gallery Room 1/2 (TBC)

In this session, Sussex researchers from a range of disciplines talked about their experiences of knowledge exchange and commercialisation, their motivations and the pathways they are taking to build and share their research with partners, and the impact this is having. Speaking alongside them, members of our Innovation and Business Partnerships and Knowledge Exchange teams outlined how they support these pathways, and how others can get involved. Led by: Innovation and Business Partnerships, including ESRC IAA.


Pursuing policy impact

Gallery Room 1/2 (TBC)

This session provided an introduction to policy structures and processes, how (and why) researchers might engage with Parliament, identifying stakeholders and opportunities, and tips for planning your policy engagement activities, followed by a Q&A. Led by: Policy@Sussex and Public Affairs.


Increasing the visibility of your research

Gallery Room 1/2 (TBC)

This session explored a number of simple ways to reach and engage relevant audiences with your research, including: building your Elements staff profile, using ORCiD, and sharing Open Access research effectively via Twitter. It introduced tools and techniques that can help you increase the visibility and reach of your research activity and showcase your expertise in your field. Led by: the Library and RQI.


Research with Impact Awards Reception

16.30-17.30 Terrace Room

Attendees joined us to celebrate the outstanding work of their colleagues in pursuing or supporting research impact at Sussex. Whether well-established or just emerging, a team effort or individual achievement, PI or Professional Services, our Awards recognised and rewarded the commitment of those who are pursuing real-world change through research, and making a vital contribution to our impact culture. Eight winning entries were awarded £1000 and a certificate. The Awards were introduced and presented by PVC-R Keith Jones.

Research with Impact Awards 2022

Find out who won the Research with Impact Awards.

Contact us

For more information about Research with Impact Day please contact the Research Quality and Impact Team or the Research Staff Office.


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