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The Impact Agenda: Controversies, Consequences and Challenges

Event Name The Impact Agenda: Controversies, Consequences and Challenges
Start Date 14th Oct 2020 11:30am
End Date 14th Oct 2020 12:30pm
Duration 1 hour

On 14 October, we welcome two authors of The Impact Agenda: Controversies, Consequences and ChallengesKat Smith (Strathclyde) and Justyna Bandola-Gill (Social Policy, Edinburgh), as well as Anne-Sofie Laegran (Edinburgh Research Office) as part of the SKAPE Seminar Series 2020-21.

This session will imagine what an alternative ‘impact agenda’ might look like (building on earlier SKAPE seminars focusing on some of the issues with the current approach). Beginning with a some brief reflections on the key challenges to the UK’s current research impact agenda outlined in a new, co-authored book, Kat and Justyna will outline a range of alternative approaches, making a case for a system that shifts its focus away from ‘impact’, towards one that rewards research collaboration, synthesis and engagement. Anne-Sofie will then reflect on how the impact agenda has helped changed the academic environment over the last decade, and the opportunities and pitfalls that come with this. As ever, the speakers will keep their comments relatively brief so that we have plenty of time for SKAPE discussion.

The seminar will take place online via Zoom (for link details, please email the Co-Directors - if you are already a member/associate member of SKAPE, then you will receive a Zoom link two days before the start of the event).