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Research Impact: Engaging Beneficiaries Conference

De Montfort University, The Venua@DMU
13/10/2017 (10:00-16:30)
Liz Bonnet, Impact Officer (

Hear from keynote speakers and DMU colleagues about how engaging beneficiaries with your research can lead to impact. Led by Professor Rusi Jaspal, Associate Director of Research, this event will showcase and demonstrate the university’s commitment to research that benefits the wider public good. Engaging beneficiaries is a key theme, and to embed this further and support this type of research impact there will be small funding opportunities available to apply for through a competition, details of which will be announced at the event. The day will include a free buffet lunch. Please register your interest by emailing However, should you be unable to commit to the whole day you are very welcome to attend part of the day, just let us know at the time of registration.


10.00am-10.30am Arrival and refreshments  
10.30am-10.40am  Welcome and overview – Professor Rusi Jaspal, Associate Director of Research, DMU
10.40am-11.20am Reflections on how university research can inform practice - Dr Jake Bayley, Consultant Physician in Sexual Health, Barts NHS Trust
11.20am-11.25am Introduction to research impact at DMU - Liz Bonnett, Impact Officer, DMU
11.25am-11.55am Engaging social media for Impact, how social media can be used to support research, engage beneficiaries and the contribution this makes to the Impact agenda - Max Hanska-Ahy, Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Technology, DMU
11.55am-12.25pm Evidencing impact - Hazel Kemshall, Professor, Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, DMU
12.25pm-1.15pm Networking lunch and exhibition
1.15pm-1.45pm Engaging with Communities - Jo Richardson, Associate Dean Research & Innovation, Faculty of Business and Law, DMU
1.45pm-2.15pm Unique impact and working with industry partners - Jo Horton, Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Arts, Design and Humanities, DMU
2.15pm-2.35pm Refreshment break
2.35pm-3.20pm Planning for Impact - Laura Fedorciow and Shireen Ali-Khan, Vertigo Ventures, a consultancy experienced in writing impact case studies for REF2014
3.20pm-4.00pm To be confirmed
4.00pm-4.10pm Competition launch and close – Professor Rusi Jaspal, Associate Director of Research, DMU




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