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?
An understanding of impact is increasingly important for your development as a researcher, and when applying for competitive research funding, for example:
UKRI - UK Research and Innovation (external website)
Upcoming impact events and training
The University of Wolverhampton is hosting a 'Wolverhampton Impact Day' on 20th February 2020 at its City Campus.
The University’s first impact conference and training day is FREE and open to researchers (staff and students) from all universities, with the aim of improving researchers’ understanding of impact and their ability to achieve impact through their research.
Activities will be relevant to researchers at any stage of their career, from Postgraduate Research (PGR) to research leaders. These will include talks and workshops from internal and external experts, including Dr Hamish MCalpine (Head of Knowledge Exchange, Data and Evidence - Research England), Prof Delma Dwight (Director of Economic Intelligence - Black Country Consortium), Adam Hawksbee (Head of Policy and Programme Development - West Midlands Combined Authority), Prof Jeremy Nicholls (Visiting Professor Value and Impact - Staffordshire University and founder of Social Value UK) and Professor David Bailey (Professor of Business Economics - University of Birmingham).
As well as plenary talks, there will be a host of workshops and training sessions, covering a full range of impact topics including 'strategies for engaging PGR students in research'and 'the pros and cons of interdisciplinary teaching.'
More speakers and a full schedule of the day will be announced soon.
Refreshments and lunch will be provided.
There is no registration fee, however, spaces are limited so please register on Eventbrite to secure a place.
Wed, 26 February 2020
10:00 – 12:00 GMT
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
Book your place through Eventbrite.
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.