2019 – Research Impact Workshop (IHR)

Research Impact Workshop

A one-day workshop featuring presentations from and discussions with research leaders, recipients of large grants and REF panellists.

Wednesday, 4 September 2019, 10am-4pm, Institute of Historical Research, Senate House, Bloomsbury, London

Register here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/history-uk-research-impact-workshop-tickets-63331383874

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The rapidly changing environment in higher education means that there is greater emphasis than ever on the ‘impact’ of research. Now an established feature of the research landscape, it is still evident that many individual researchers, established and new, and History departments alike, remain unclear about ‘Research Impact’ and how best to demonstrate it in practice. The need for clarity and consensus is made all the more pressing by its controversial consequences for individual researchers—both in job appointments and appraisals—and the placement of institutions in rankings and league tables.

To address this important issue, and to offer historians advice and assistance, History UK is hosting a one-day Impact Workshop on Wednesday, 4 September 2019, 10am-4pm, at the Institute of Historical Research, Senate House, Bloomsbury, London.

The Impact Workshop is for historians at all career stages, especially those with a role in producing material for the REF, including impact narratives, and those applying for research grants.There will be a series of presentations and discussions led by research leaders, recipients of large grants and experienced REF panellists, which will survey the place and role of Research Impact for History practitioners.



10.00-10.30: Registration and Welcome

10.30-11.00: ‘What is impact?‘, Dr J.D. Hill.

Dr J.D. Hill is Research Manager at the British Museum, London, and panellist in REF2021. He has previously taught at the University of Southampton.

11.00-11.30: ‘Impact: A View from Both Sides’, Professor Anne Curry

Professor Curry is Professor of Medieval History, University of Southampton. She has been awarded an AHRC grant and has worked on a Heritage Lottery Fund project. She was a REF panellist in 2014 and has submitted impact case studies to the REF.

Refreshment break

11.45-12.15: ‘Impact 2021’,Professor Dinah Birch CBE.

Professor Birch is Pro Vice Chancellor for Engagement, University of Liverpool. She chaired Sub-panel 29 in REF 2014 and was Deputy Chair of Main Panel D (Arts and Humanities). She is Chair of Main Panel D in REF 2021.

12.15-13.00: ‘Impact in REF 2014 and 2021: Discussion’.


14.00-15.45: ‘Round Table on the Practice of Impact’, Dr Chiara Beccalossi, Professor Nicholas Crowson, and Dr Charlotte Wildman.

Dr Wildman is Lecturer in Modern British History, University of Manchester. She has received funding from her University to find research impact activities with community history groups in Manchester, and in 2015-16 was project partner for a Heritage Lottery Funded project in conjunction with Wonders of Wythenshawe youth group.

Dr Beccalossi is Reader in Modern and Contemporary European History, University of Lincoln. She was awarded in 2016 a Wellcome Trust grant to carry out an international public engagement programme, Transitional States.

Professor Crowson is Professor of Contemporary British History, University of Birmingham. His research on Non-Governmental Organisations has been awarded large grants by the AHRC and the Leverhulme Trust.


Registration fee£10 (includes lunch).


History UK represents history departments in British higher education institutions.


For further information please contact either:

Dr Neil Fleming (Research Officer, History UK) n.fleming@worc.ac.uk

Dr Jamie Wood (Co-Convenor, History UK) jwood@lincoln.ac.uk