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Our commitment to impact

Our Impact Strategy sets out how we will ensure that the research we do makes a difference beyond academia. It celebrates our current strengths and acknowledges where we need to improve, and says how we will support our academics to make a lasting, meaningful impact on our world. This means ensuring that we understand what impact is, embedding it in our research, providing the resources we need to create impact, adjusting the way we work, and developing and nurturing our impact makers – our staff. Our understanding and measurement of impact is guided by the Research Excellence Framework, but we are driven to achieve impact for its own sake.

Download the Research Impact Strategy (.pdf)

Supporting your research impact

Rachel Ramsey, the University’s Impact Officer, supports all research impact-related activity across the University. She works with academics to identify what difference their research can make, who could benefit, and how to make that happen. She can support you at any stage of your research with idea generation, planning, knowledge brokerage and seeking support for impact activities.

Rachel offers:

1-to-1 guidance on a one-off or continuous basis

Guidance and planning resources

Alerts for impact opportunities

Email Rachel to start a conversation about how your research can make a difference

Log in button for VV Impact Tracker https://sunderland.vvimpacttracker.com/

Don’t have an account? Email Rachel for access.


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