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Impact Workshop (24): Storifying Impact: Constructing the Narrative of an Impact Case Study

Date & Time:

April 25, 2018 (Wed) | 1:00 – 2:00 p.m.


Social Sciences Function Room, 11/F, The Jockey Club Tower, Centennial Campus


Professor Pauline Leonard
Professor of Sociology, Faculty of Social Sciences
University of Southampton
Director, ESRC South Coast Doctoral Training Partnership (SCDTP)

This workshop is jointly organised by the Department of Sociology and the Knowledge Exchange Office.



In this workshop, Professor Pauline Leonard will explore some of the challenges in writing an Impact Case Study which succeeds in evidencing effective impact and linking this clearly to an individual’s research profile. Drawing on the experience of the ‘post-hoc’ approach of REF 2014, Professor Leonard will describe some of the lessons learned through the writing process and the strategies deployed ‘to tell a good story’ of impact from underpinning research generated in the past. This is contrasted with the process going forward to REF2020, and some of the strategies that can be adopted to ensure and capture effective impact.

About the Speaker:

Professor Pauline Leonard is Professor of Sociology at the University of Southampton, U.K. and also Director of the ESRC South Coast Doctoral Training Partnership based across the Universities of Southampton, Portsmouth and Brighton, U.K. She has longstanding research interests in issues of equality and diversity, particularly in regards to gender, race, social class and age in work and organisations in both national and international contexts, including Hong Kong, mainland China and South Africa. She has conducted many funded research projects investigating these issues and has published widely, including Gender, Power and Organisations (2001, Palgrave, with Susan Halford); Negotiating Identities in Gendered Organisations: Place, Space and Time (2006, Palgrave, with Susan Halford); Expatriate Identities in Postcolonial Organisations: Working Whiteness (2010, Ashgate); Migration, Space and Transnational Identities (2014, Palgrave, with Daniel Conway) and Destination China: Immigration to China in the Post-Reform Era (forthcoming, Palgrave, with Angela Lehmann). She is an elected Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences and has just completed six years’ service on the Editorial Board of Sociology.

Background on the Workshops:

Impact beyond the academia is a key element of the University's knowledge exchange (KE) strategy. Furthermore, Impact will become an element of assessment in the UGC RAE 2020, carrying a weighting of 15%. The UK experience in the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014 indicates that it is important to collect evidence of such impacts.

The Knowledge Exchange Office is organising workshops to be conducted by researchers who have hands-on experience in preparing impact statements and impact case studies for the UK REF 2014 or research councils overseas. The workshops will be of interest not only to colleagues who want to maximise the impact of their research, but also to those who coordinate research developments and research assessment in Faculties.

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