The Future of Academic Impacts, a free, all day conference hosted by the LSE’s Impact of Social Sciences project team, will be held on Tuesday, 4th December at Beveridge Hall, Senate House, London.

Alongside our main conference programme, we will be running a series of breakout sessions throughout the day. These will be small group sessions that will draw on the experience of the LSE Public Policy Group team from the Impact of Social Sciences project along with their experience of running academic blogs. There will be four opportunities to join each breakout session allowing you to choose when in the programme would fit best for you.

The breakout sessions will be broken into two streams:


With the submission deadline for REF2014 just under a year away, academics, research heads and central university staff are working to create impact case studies that both answer HEFCE’s definitions and requirements as well as do justice to the variety and range of impacts that academic work in the social sciences actually achieves.

How to: Writing your impact case study
Led by: Impact of Social Science team including Patrick Dunleavy, Simon Bastow and Jane Tinkler

This session will provide guidance for those drafting impact case studies. We will look at HEFCE’s definition of impact, what counts as underlying research, how to process trace a narrative from research to impacts, the evidence that Panels have outlined as being useful in substantiating impact claims, and how to find references to your research and its impact.

This course will run at: 10.15 to 11.15 (led by Jane Tinkler); 12.00 to 13.00 (led by Simon Bastow); 14.15 to 15.15 (led by Jane Tinkler); and 16.15 to 17.15 (led by Patrick Dunleavy) in Chancellor’s Hall.


Academic communication is changing. Digital tools and technologies are enabling the easier dissemination of research to a wider audience. Social scientists have been lagging behind those in the STEM sciences in making their work available online. These sessions will act as short guides for those who are interesting in taking up or expanding their use of social media tools as a way to better engage with external research users or disseminate their research more effectively.

How to: Academic blogging
Led by: Chris Gilson and Stuart Brown, Editors of LSE’s EUROPP blog
Bedford Room (Room 37)

Blogging is one of the most important things an academic should be doing right now. But how do you do it, and who’s doing it? This session will cover, why you should blog, how blogging can increase your research impact, multi vs. single author blogs, writing styles and give you some examples of successful blogging practice. We’ll also cover how to use social media to help build or join existing online research communities, and to promote and get the most out of your blog. We’ll also be answering your questions on academic blogging and using social media in general.

How to: Social media tools
Led by: Amy Mollett, Managing Editor of the LSE Review of Books and Joel Suss, Assistant Editor of the British Politics and Policy blog
Holden Room (Room 103)

This session will consider the big five social media networks and how academics can make best use of them to disseminate their research. Including examples of best practice and guidance on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, LinkedIn and Google+, the session aims to give attendees an overview of which social media networks could work best for the project or research.

How to: Academic podcasting
Led by Cheryl Brumley, Managing Digital Editor of all four PPG Blogs and Mark Carrigan, Managing Editor of British Politics and Policy blog
Woburn Room (Room 22)

In this session we explore what podcasting is and its potential role in generating research impact. Focusing on current examples of best practice, we highlight the core characteristics of podcast and videocasts, as well as key points in ensuring their effective use. We offer a introductory overview of the technical skills and equipment required and signpost further resources and training opportunities before opening up the session for dialogue about how podcasts and videocasts could be used and what formats may be most effective within the context of your own projects.

Each of these courses will run at: 10.15 to 11.15; 12.00 to 13.00; 14.15 to 15.15; and 16.15 to 17.15 in the specified rooms above.

Sign up for the Future of Academic Impacts conference here, and choose your breakout session here.

The conference and breakout sessions are free to attend but places are limited. Email with any further queries.


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