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Making meaningful research impact as an early career professional: An interactive workshop

This workshop is designed for early-career social science researchers who wish to extend the impact of their research and link into a supportive community of research practitioners.

Course description

Impact can take many forms including development or improvement of an intervention, influencing policy reform, or launching a social enterprise that provides meaningful tools or services. This workshop aims to expose the mechanics – the “how” – of impactful research approaches. Facilitators will provide ample time for small group discussion and self-work to support you to further scope-out a research impact plan and develop connections with other Southampton University researchers.

As a result of attending this session, you should be able to:-
•Understand different forms of engagement and impact emerging from research within the social sciences;
•Think of how their specific research activities can be translated into meaningful impact;
•Reflect on the feedback received about the potential impact of their research;
•Access direct mentorship from impactful social science researchers;
•Engage in peer support and network building round an impact agenda.

Led by

Dana Thomson and Dr Maria Villares-Varela.

This session is for

Social Science (Faculty of Social Sciences including Geography) doctoral researchers, post docs, and early-career research staff at the University of Southampton.

Dates and times

Monday 18th February 2019, 10:00-16:00 - Highfield Campus.

How to book

Please use Staffbook button below to book your place. Any questions - please contact


Please note there is a requirement to complete a short questionnaire before attending this event. The link will be provided in the booking confirmation once booked onto the course via Gradbook.


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