Local versus global impact: ensuring research engagement in rural schools gets its turn alongside NASA

Ruth Graham - Faculty Research Manager for the Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences, University of Sydney

The current requirements for a university within the UK REF and now Australia’s ERA, Engagement and Impact exercise is to provide worthy case studies on how academic research has reached communities external to academia. These communities, may be a centred on a local small business that addresses a social need or a more complex multi-national enterprise that is working on public policy concerned with global challenges. Is there value and a place for both? How are the metrics available to humanities and social sciences researchers and research managers able to assign value to these to motivate staff and provide appropriate reward and recognition to the research teams and industry, or non-academic partners. The presentation will provide examples from the University of Sydney’s Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences of the institutional policies and practices that showcase a spectrum of research impact activities within a framework that supports academic career development and the needs of government agency assessment. It will highlight the tension of whether more (global) is better against working within a provincial (local) setting, and how reviewing these choices may provide other benefits and integrated opportunities for the institution.

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Room Lowther
Time 12:00 - 13:15
Date Thursday 7th June, 2018
Theme Research Impact & Research Engagement
Style Pecha Kucha
Speakers Ruth Graham - Faculty Research Manager for the Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences, University of Sydney

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