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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)

More information on research impact can be found on our pathways to impact funding pages and on the impact case studies pages.

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 20th February 2020 the University of Wolverhampton hosted the first 'Wolverhampton Impact Day' at its City Campus.

This event was free and was 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 were relevant to researchers at any stage of their career, from Postgraduate Research (PGR) to research leaders, including talks and workshops from 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).

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. 

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