Impact@WLV: for Research Students

Impact at Wolverhampton

As a research student at the University of Wolverhampton, you are part of a research community which is passionate about making a difference within our local community and beyond.

Through collaboration and multi-disciplinary projects, our researchers contribute to public debate, create solutions to local, national and global challenges, and preserve and promote cultural works of international significance.  By advancing knowledge, and bringing together excellence and innovation, we challenge perceptions and seek to change the world for the better.

Visit the Research Institutes and Centres webpage for more information.

What does impact mean for me?

Planning for impact is an important aspect of preparing research proposals and other applications. Individual Funders assess impact according to their specific remit and the call’s expectations so it is important to ask for advice before submitting any proposal for funding to ensure that your application fully aligns to their impact definitions and expectations.

Although it is no longer required to submit a separate Pathways to Impact in research bids to UKRI, impact continues to be a core consideration throughout the grant application process. Identifying the potential impact of the research can help with planning and prioritising knowledge exchange, public engagement and dissemination activities.

Contact us...

...for more information on how we can help you gain impact from your research, or how our research can help you!


Upcoming impact events and training

University of Wolverhampton

The ability to demonstrate the potential benefits of your research beyond the academic sphere (for example, the socio-economic, cultural or health benefits) has become an increasingly important skill for a researcher to develop. This session will explore fully the meaning of impact its significance to your research.

Facilitator:- Dr Ben Coleman, Research Policy Unit

University of Wolverhampton

In this session you will be given an overview of what research impact actually is, including how REF works and what Wolverhampton is planning for our submission in 2021. You will leave with an understanding of how to achieve impact in your research and how to make a real difference to the wider world with your future work.

Facilitator:- Dr Ben Coleman, Research Policy Unit

On the 25th June 2021 we will be hosting our 2nd Wolverhampton Impact Day, aimed at helping researchers working in the West Midlands/Black Country region achieve more impactful research. This year we have the theme “Engaging People”, with sessions aimed at providing attendees with the knowledge on how to better approach and work with a variety of potential stakeholders, including policymakers, industry professionals, and local communities.
Wolverhampton Impact Day 2021 is free, online, and open to any staff and students from Higher Education Institutions.
  • 10-10.15am – Welcome and introductions (Ben Coleman & Silke Machold)
  • 10.15-11am – Carol King (Black Country Living Museum) & Jenny Gilbert (Black Country Studies Centre) – “Heritage, University and Place”
  • 11-11.30am- Stuart Anderson (MP for Wolverhampton South-West) – “A Conversation with Stuart Anderson MP”
  • 11.30-11.45am – BREAK
  • 11.45-12.30pm – Sati Purewal and Opinderjit Takhar (University of Wolverhampton) – “Engaging South Asian Communities in the Black Country”
  • 12.30-1pm – LUNCH
  • 1-1.30pm - Ainurul Rosli (Brunel University) – “The Practice of We: Balancing Rigour and Relevance for Impactful Research”
  • 1.30-2pm – Abigail Taylor (University of Birmingham) – “City-REDI: Working with Businesses and Local and Regional Policymakers.”
  • 2-2.05pm – Finish (Ben Coleman and Silke Machold)
Please book at If you discuss the event on Twitter please follow and tag us (@wlvimpact).
If you have any questions, please contact the University of Wolverhampton Impact Team at

Making a difference...

Our impact from research undertaken at the University has increased considerably in the last years: for the Research Excellence Framework (REF2021) assessment we will be submitting 43 impact case studies across 17 Units of Assessment which is an increase of more than a third compared with REF2014.

Our research: Making a difference | Big Data

Michael Thelwall, Professor of Information Science and Head of the Statistical Cybermetrics Research Group, discusses one of the main projects the group is working on, Big Data.

The group has developed a computer programme to assess whether social media posts contain positive or negative sentiment, and how strong that sentiment is.

The project is now being developed to be applied to real life situations such as how transport authorities can change road layouts based on drivers’ levels of stress. 

Our research: Making a difference | Emotional Eating

Emotional eating is eating in order to create or change an emotion in some way.

Tracey Devonport, Professor of Applied Sport and Exercise Science at the University of Wolverhampton, explains how research at the University of Wolverhampton is seeking to help people create strategies for regulating their emotions without relying on eating habits. 

Our research: Making a difference | Brain Tumour Research

Our dedicated Neuro-oncology Research Centre at the University of Wolverhampton is leading the way in identifying the genetic causes of brain tumours and the treatments to deal with them.

Discover the progress our scientists are making in developing this vital research.