Why should I care about my engagement and impact? (part 1 of ‘Public engagement in the UK Research environment)

Monday 7th March 2022, 2-4pm via Zoom

Course Description: 

Research impact? Public Engagement? Knowledge Exchange? What are they and why should I care?  

Research does not exist in a vacuum. Research and researchers in the UK increasingly need to think about their impact and engagement due to the large amount of public funding being invested in the Research & Development (R&D) system. That’s because impact and engagement are increasingly being seen as the way for researchers to demonstrate their worth to their different stakeholders and audiences, both in the UK and internationally.  

This interactive workshop will start by setting out the UK government and policy context for the impact, engagement and knowledge exchange agenda and what this means for universities.  

The session will give you the chance to explore with your peers what impact, public engagement and knowledge exchange mean and why you should care about them. Throughout the session there will be the chance to ask questions and engage in discussion. You will leave the workshop with a greater understanding of what engagement and impact mean to you and for your research. 

Booking information

Targeted towards students in the 2nd and 3rd year of PhD.

The deadline for booking a place will be 12pm on Friday 4th March.

About Matthew  

Matthew Guest is the Policy Manager (Places, Skills & Knowledge Exchange) for  GuildHE, the representative body for specialist and smaller universities and colleges within the UK. In particular he develops and leads on knowledge exchange; skills policy; international policy and partnerships. He supports the work of GuildHE Research. Matthew is also a Research Associate for the Centre for Charitable Giving and Philanthropy (CGAP) at Bayes Business School, City, University of London.  

Matthew has been the Marketing Manager for a medium-sized charity. He previously worked for five years at the Centre for Charity Effectiveness at City, University of London, project managing programmes including the Lord Mayor of the City of London’s Charity Leadership Programme and coordinating business development activities. Prior to this, Matthew was the Director for Student Development & Activities at the University of St Andrews Students’ Association.  

Outside of work, Matthew served on the PCC for Battersea Parish Church for eight years. He was previously the Honorary Treasurer and Trustee at Community Southwark for six years. He also enjoys playing badminton and tennis. 

Matthew holds an MSc in Voluntary Sector Management from City and an MA in Classics from St Andrews.  

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