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Series Two - Next Generation Impact

This session looked at methods and effectiveness of impact indicators, not only from the REF but other formal frameworks of impact evaluation as well (i.e. Australia). Seeing that research impact now holds a central role in our research culture and environment, we want to find out more about the challenges this brings and where our panellists see opportunities, and we want to know if there is anything they would like to change about the ways in which we measure impact. Watch below:

Perspectives on  Measuring Impact Post REF


Professor Alex Stevens, Director of Public Engagement, Division of Law, Society and Social Justice at the University of Kent

Alex Stephens

Alex is Director of Public Engagement for the Division of Law, Society and Social Justice. He has worked on issues of drugs, crime and public health in the voluntary sector, as an academic researcher and as an adviser to the UK government. He has published extensively on these issues, with a focus on the drug-crime link, risk behaviours by young people, quasi-compulsory drug treatment, and alternatives to criminalisation for drug possession. He also researches the use of evidence in policy making, informed by his experience of working in the Cabinet Office and as a member of the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs.

He is currently trustee of Harm Reduction International and a member of the scientific committee of Drug Science.


Stephen Kemp, Research Funding and Impact Consultant

Stephen Kemp

Stephen provides advice and training to universities and researchers to help them win research funding and boost the impact of their research. His expertise is based on 15 years in the university sector covering research, funding development and impact management. Stephen’s background includes a PhD and postdoctoral research in chemistry and positions as an EPSRC portfolio manager, university funding development manager and university impact manager. He specialises in funding (Research Councils and other UK funders) and impact development across all disciplines.

Dr Alexandra Leduc-Pagel, Research and Innovation Manger, Division of Human and Social Sciences at the university of Kent

Alexandra Deluc Pagel

Alexandra has been a research administrator for the past 15 years, starting as REF Manager for SOAS, University of London and more recently as Research & Innovation Manager for the Division of Human and Social Sciences, University of Kent. Her current focus is on developing a thriving research culture for the disciplines she is looking after (Psychology, Economics, Politics, Anthropology, Geography and Conservation Science) through innovative training programmes, as well as supporting ambitious funding bids.

Dr Rebecca Cassidy, NIHR RDS SE Research Adviser

Rebecca Cassidy

Rebecca is currently working on the KeMiST project which aims to reduce the chance of recurrent strokes or cardiovascular events and develop a long-term support service for patients beyond stroke rehabilitation. Little is known about how stroke/TIA survivors’ perceive the burden of using long-term medicines, their needs and preferences for medicines support, or how these change over time.  This project aims to understand the experiences of stroke and mini stroke (TIA) survivors with their medicines as well as their likes and needs for support with their medicines.  Based on the information given by stroke & TIA survivors, we aim to design a medicine support service to meet the needs of Stroke / TIA survivors.