ACTION for Impact2020-01-16T13:34:36+00:00

ACTION for Impact is an exciting training opportunity for academics at Northern Accelerator universities, enabling them to develop the personal, societal and commercial impact of their research

Do you want to make a positive change in society with your research skills and knowledge?

Become part of a growing network of like-minded academics developing the skills to realise real-world impact from their research.

This established programme is available to researchers at all Northern Accelerator partner universities.

Working with world-class facilitators and experts in researcher development, you’ll develop an innovative mind-set and enterprising approach.

ACTION for Impact is primarily aimed at early career researchers, however it is open to any academic with an interest in developing the skills to realise impact from their research.

Applications will open soon for the next course which will run from 22-24 April 2020 at Slaley Hall in Northumberland. Read the FAQs below to find out more.

“I learned a lot about myself and the limitations that I put on myself. The exercises created awareness and helped us to approach things in different ways and to recognise this.”
Early Career Researcher, Newcastle University – Action for Impact attendee

Frequently asked questions

How do I apply for ACTION for Impact?2020-01-14T14:19:34+00:00

Keep an eye out here for applications opening for April’s course.

Who is eligible to apply for ACTION for Impact?2020-01-16T13:32:38+00:00

ACTION for Impact is primarily aimed at early career researchers, however it is open to any academic from Durham, Newcastle, Northumbria or Sunderland universities, across any discipline.

Although not eligible for Northern Accelerator funding, postgraduate researchers (PhD students) from Durham and Newcastle Universities are also welcome to apply as funding may be available from other sources. Funding is not currently available for PhD students from Northumbria or Sunderland University.

What does ACTION for Impact training cover?2020-01-16T13:35:32+00:00

Day one: Personal impact – Delivered by Dr. Simon Brown, world class researcher development expert and specialist, centred on self-efficacy and positive change making

Day two: Building impact – Delivered by special guest facilitators from the award winning support hub Sunderland Software City, providing a focus on networking for knowledge exchange for researchers and persuasive pitching

Day three: Making impact and taking action – Delivered by Newcastle University’s Enterprise Team – internationally recognised specialists in enterprise education

Guest facilitators will join us throughout the programme to help you explore and develop your innovative behaviours and mindset.

What are the learning objectives for ACTION for Impact?2020-01-16T13:36:19+00:00

At the end of the workshop participants will be able to:

  • Consider and evaluate their innovative capabilities in relation to being an effective researcher
  • Build and develop a useful networks of peers and experts to help guide their next steps
  • Articulate innovative, novel ideas
  • Action plan to explore the feasibility of ideas including testing and costing
  • Understand how to create Impact Projects to maximise the spread and value of research findings
  • Understand and explore opportunities for Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTPs)
  • Use a suite of tools for creative thinking and project management
  • Understand some of the necessary steps in creating sustainable social impact projects
  • Present and pitch credible ideas and solutions to challenging issues
  • Understand what next steps to further an idea that they intend to have notable impact in their chosen form (personal / commercial / research/ societal etc)
  • Understand the difference between a good idea and a commercially viable business idea
  • Understand costs and benefits of Intellectual Property protection and how to implement this
  • Demonstrate commercial awareness and basic skills associated with translating a technology idea into an innovative product or service
  • Be able to develop a model for an opportunity and potential solution to a genuine problem
What does ACTION for Impact lead to? (What can I do next?)2020-01-16T13:37:12+00:00

Participants will leave the three day course feeling ambitious and focused and we want to support you to go on to make an impact with your research.

Specific support and follow-up funding opportunities will vary at each university and between faculties, and you’ll be signposted to where you can find out about future support at your own university.

When and where does ACTION for Impact take place?2020-01-16T13:38:04+00:00

The next event will take place from 22-24 April 2020 at Slaley Hall in Hexham. ACTION for Impact is a residential programme and participants will have full access to the facilities at this beautiful venue.

The itinerary is as follows:

  • Wednesday 22 April – morning arrival via coach from Newcastle city centre, full training day and residential overnight stay
  • Thursday 23 April – full training day and residential overnight stay
  • Friday 24 April – full training day and return transport to Newcastle city centre

Transport to the venue from Newcastle University on 22 April and return on 24 April will be offered free of charge to all delegates.

Do I already need an idea of the impact I’d like to achieve in future?2020-01-16T13:38:37+00:00

No – the course is designed to provide scope for development of existing or new ideas.

We focus on encouraging researchers to evolve their innovative and enterprising behaviours, in order to maximise their personal and research impact. This allows you to consider challenges you’re addressing, and become capable of realising the commercial, economic and societal impact of your research.

Is there a cost to attend ACTION for Impact?2020-01-16T13:39:20+00:00

ACTION for Impact is a fully funded programme so there’s no cost to you as a participant. All food, accommodation and travel (from Newcastle city centre) will be provided and booked in advance.

Please note that after you’re offered and accept a place you will be required to give an agreed period of notice if you’re unable to attend. The cost of your place may be charged to your department if you don’t give adequate notice.

I can’t make it in April. Will there be future courses?2020-01-16T13:30:01+00:00

Yes, we will be running future cohorts of ACTION for Impact throughout the academic year. The next course will run from 1-3 July 2020.

Look out for a register of interest for July opening shortly.

Who funds ACTION for Impact?2020-01-16T13:40:00+00:00

Northern Accelerator has partnered with ACTION for Impact, providing funding to make the course available to researchers from all disciplines across all four Northern Accelerator universities.

We’ve joined the existing funders which include the Engineering & Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), Economic & Social Research Council (ESRC), Medical Research Council (MRC), Wellcome Trust and National Productivity Investment Fund (NPIF).