Those cheeky rascals have been at it again. The Times Higher Education publication has once more given the LSE Impact Conference a mention on the Poppletonian page of the 23rd June issue.
Readers will be assured that this press mention will be going in our very own Impact Box, which, for those of you that are interested, is of the delightfully striped navy and maroon, recycled cardboard variety.
My box is bigger than yours!
Our Head of Research Impact, Gerald Thudd, has described the recent London School of Economics conference, Investigating Academic Impact, as “a major breakthrough”.
Thudd informed our reporter, Keith Ponting (30), that the conference was the result of a whole year’s work on measuring impact undertaken by dedicated teams from the University of Leeds, the LSE and Imperial College London.
There had been “a veritable plethora” of ideas expounded, but he had been particularly impressed by the suggestion that every academic should immediately create an “impact box” in which they could place evidence of personal research impact.
What might go in such a box? Thudd instanced the conference handbook suggestion that “if an academic gives a talk to an outside body that is greeted enthusiastically, gets lots of questions and is warmly applauded”, this would be an ideal candidate for the box – particularly if the record also “involved a count of how many people were in the room and … their degree of seniority”.
Thudd admitted that conference delegates had not proposed precise methods for measuring the actual degree of “warmth” in the applause or indeed the exact number of questions that might meet the criterion of “lots”. But he believed that these details, along with such other critical matters as the size and colour of the “impact box”, would necessarily require “further research”.
The THE mention can be read in full here.