REVI Insights: practical advice to help you embrace ‘impact’

REVI-logoScientia Scripta has launched REVI Insights to deliver concrete, practical and independent advice on the best ways to measure, monitor and communicate the impact of scientific research in your organisation.

As we prepare for launch, we are working with academics, research managers, impact officers and consultants to develop a range of guides, advice sheets and other content to support your ‘impact journey’. Please visit the REVI Insights website to find out more.

You can sign up to the REVI mailing list for newsletters, updates and a chance to win a day’s free consulting/copywriting (delivered by us!).

Calling all experts

If you are an impact consultant or, like us, if have supported universities on their impact case studies, REVI would like you to become a contributing expert. You will have the opportunity to share your experiences, offer practical tips, showcase your success and promote your impact-related services. All you have to do is subscribe to the mailing list and indicate your interest in becoming a REVI writer.

Filed under: Tips | By Edwin on June 27, 2014 at 1:12 am

Four ways to get the public talking about science

8128041091_4d05a276f6_bScience can be tricky. Engaging the public in science can be trickier still. Today most people read the news in digital formats ‘on the go’ and rarely have time to digest complexities and weigh up uncertainties – the bread and butter of most research. Unfortunately scientific evidence is often pushed out of the media by stronger forces: politics, business, fear and even emotion.

So how can scientists and science communicators engage the public in rational, insightful debates that focus on facts but also acknowledge that decisions and policies are rarely informed by impassionate, objective rationality?

One group giving it a good go is the team behind @talkfracking – a movement to promote public discussion about fracking in the UK. This week the team are touring Britain – from Glasgow to London to Nottingham – and staging free debates to get the public to #talkfracking. On Wednesday I attended the Manchester event.

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Filed under: Communication strategy,dissemination | By Deborah on June 17, 2014 at 3:03 am

Universities collaborate with industry to succeed

The impact agenda stimulates collaboration: universities thrive and boost the UK economy

DNA Lab

In a recently published report Universities UK (UUK) revealed that the higher education sector contributes 2.8% to UK GDP. This is more than the basic pharmaceuticals, legal services and computer manufacturing sectors. Each year universities generate £73 billion in output and this has grown despite the recession: up 24% or £59 billion since the previous study five years ago.

“It is clear that universities are making an increasingly significant contribution to the UK economy, both in terms of contribution to GDP and creating jobs,” said Professor Sir Christopher Snowden, President of UUK.

Collaborate or die?

Industrial collaborations may have stimulated this success. Following the recent research excellence framework (REF2014) assessment – in which 20% of a universities final score hinges on the demonstration of the impact of research – academics are now much more aware of the mutual benefits that collaboration can bring.

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Filed under: University issues | By Deborah on June 11, 2014 at 1:31 am