Research impact: recordings of sessions this month

We’re half way through July’s Research Bites programme, focusing on Research Impact.

The sessions have been really well attended, which is great to see as it’s clearly a topic on many people’s minds. Apologies to those who came and found it a little bit of a squash, or who couldn’t get a hot drink because the water ran out so quickly!

Thanks go to Amy Gibbons, Jacqueline Young and Ross Dachraoui, who have delivered three informative sessions so far.


The recordings of these sessions are now available to Lancaster University members:

All of the recordings are available from the Recordings archive where available. Most of these are available to all.

Sessions remaining this month

We have 4 more sessions remaining in this theme:


Proactive partnerships for impact

Tuesday 19th July, 12pm, Bowland North SR 19
Co-designing productive impact driven research.
Nick King & Colin McLaughlin, Business Partnerships Team, Faculty of Science and Technology

Later this week

Recording impact using Pure

Thursday 21st July, 12pm, Bowland North SR 19
Use the University Research Information System, Pure, to record your research impact.
Claire Tinker-Mill, Research System Administrator, Research Services

Next week

Measuring academic impact using citations and bibliometrics

Tuesday 26th July, 12pm, Bowland North SR 4
Learn how citations and bibliometrics can be used to indicate academic impact.
Tanya Williamson, Academic Liaison Librarian, Library

What SciVal can tell us about academic impact

Thursday 28th July, 12pm, Bowland North SR 4
Learn how this powerful research analytics tool can give you insights into academic impact.
Masud Khokhar, Head of Digital Innovation, Library

Intellectual Property and Enterprise – a new theme this Spring

Over March and April, Research Bites will focus on Intellectual Property and Enterprise, covering topics such as:

  • copyright, your own, the University’s and third party
  • patents
  • design rights
  • trademarks
  • spin out companies
  • business / industry partnerships

Join us for an informal 20 minute session. Just turn up, no need to book. Tea/coffee and cake provided.

March – April 2016

Filing and commercialising a patent based on your research

Tuesday 8th March, 12.00, Bowland North SR 4
Using patents to generate impact and revenue from your research.
Gavin Smith, Intellectual Property Officer, Research and Enterprise Services

Trademarks, design rights and copyright

Thursday 17th March, 12.00, Bowland North SR 3
Expert advice on intellectual property rights, other than patents, for your invention or research output.
Gavin Smith, Intellectual Property Officer, Research and Enterprise Services

Starting a spin-out company from your research

Monday 11th April, 12.00, Bowland North SR 19
Expert advice on forming a university company, running a company and obtaining finance.
Gavin Smith, Intellectual Property Officer, Research and Enterprise Services

Using copyright material in your research

Wednesday 13th April, 12.00, Bowland North SR 19
What to do about third party copyright in your thesis or research output, and how to navigate the grey area of ‘fair dealing’.
Lorna Pimperton, Academic Liaison Librarian & Copyright Officer, Library

Licensing your work with Creative Commons

Tuesday 19th April, 12.00, Bowland North SR 3
Creative Commons licences and how they communicate what others can do with your work.
Lorna Pimperton, Academic Liaison Librarian & Copyright Officer, Library

How do I engage with business, and get industry partnerships?

Wednesday 27th April, 12.00, Bowland North SR 4
A look at how to gain more meaningful and productive relationships with external partners and how be proactive in forming successful collaborative research partnerships.
Nick King/Colin McLaughlin, Business Partnerships Team, Faculty of Science and Technology

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Focus on open researchers

Vitae‘s focus at the moment is developing the ‘Open Researcher‘, and they have produced some really useful materials both for researchers, and those involved in researcher development.

They are also advertising the Vitae Connections: Open Researchers CPD event in Leeds on the 1st December 2015.

This event will provide information, practical advice and opportunity for discussion around topics, including:

  • Researchers’ perceptions of ‘open’ – feedback from the recent #vitaechat
  • How does open access change behaviours? Helen Blanchett, Jisc
  • Implications for researcher development from the changing culture of research,  Professor Stephen Curry, Imperial College London
  • Engaging the public throughout the research lifecycle, Derek Stewart OBE, National Institute for Health Research
  • A personal experience of developing the open researcher, Dr Rob Daley, Heriot-Watt University
  • And more…

If you haven’t done so already, it’s well worth exploring Vitae’s resources and events. You may or may not know that Research Bites is mapped against the Researcher Development Framework which was developed by Vitae.

Social media: Insights from an academic department

It’s taken a while to write up this session from June! Many thanks to Dr Tom Webb for sharing his insights from managing the Law School blog and social media presence of the Law School at Lancaster University.

The staff blog is currently used as a vehicle for writing up short articles (500-1500 words) following conferences, reflections on current topics, and writing articles which can be understood by wider audiences.

Why blog?

  • Raise the profile of the research
  • Speak to a different audience
  • ‘open up pathways to impact’
  • ‘claim an idea’ early on

Twitter broadens the network to other scholars, students, other institutions and beyond to reach a more mixed audience.


Tom has found using Twitter and blog Analytics a useful way to provide feedback to colleagues on how many people are interacting with their social media posts/tweets. Unfortunately,  blog posts aren’t eligible to be included in the REF, though they can/do contribute towards generating broader impact.


  • Quick publication
  • Attention from the media
  • Raise profile
  • Student recruitment


You can now view the slides and listen to Tom’s presentation.


Do author’s have to choose between writing for the Law School blog and writing for The ConversationYes and no. The Conversation uses Creative Commons licences which allows you to reblog their content. The Law School blog offers more editorial freedom than the Conversation (e.g. posts can be in ‘Legalese’).

Is there any editorial control? Authors send copy, and Tom will edit formatting (e.g. inserting paragraph breaks) to make the content more readable online. Otherwise not.

Do you get credit within the department for the work you do with social media? Yes to an extent. This will probably grow as Departments recognise the potential benefits and engagement that can result from taking part.