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Stay In School campaign: Operationalising the extra medical measures to address the issue of fistula in Northern Nigeria

Dr. Bankole Allibay

Fistula and Extra-Medical Solution The orthodox response to gender-based sicknesses is scientific medical treatment. Although not incorrect, field experiences show that these treatments are often times reactive, and do not prevent a repeat incidence. Social performance practice recommends proactive social risk diagnosis and proactive risk management procedures, rather than reactive impact management. Such is the

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2019 – The focus for Impact

Dr Julie Bayley

In this blog, Julie reflects on her impact resolutions for 2018 – and considers what 2019 may bring. What are you main thoughts on your #taketheleap pledges from 2018? In 2018 I pledged to #taketheleap by committing to support professional development of the impact community. It has been a genuine concern of mine for some

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Open and honest: The future of research publishing has landed

Tony Roche - Open Research

A new chapter for research publishing has started and, for everyone at Emerald, open research forms a vital step towards our vision of real impact. Like with all research publishing landmarks in the past 50 years – whether it be the arrival of the internet, digital technology or social media – change must be embraced.

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Impact Women’s Network – Female successes – norm not anomaly

Lianne Taylor

Dr Lianne Taylor is a Chartered psychologist, author and researcher.  Her business Rootbind uses psychology, entrepreneurship and organizational research in understanding business issues.  Lianne’s research interest is the interplay between differences in cognition which affect decision-making, and the impact that has on business growth.  This blog reflects her positivity that now is the time to

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Listening is just as important as informing in crisis communication

Harald Hornmoen, Klas Backholm

To listen to social media users and respond to their worries or emerging rumors should be a central part of professionals’ crisis communication strategies. This is one of the results in our upcoming book Social Media Use in Crisis and Risk Communication, in which we discuss current practices and future directions for professional crisis communicators.

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Reflections on the role of the academic in fostering critical debate in society: from “Scholar” to “Expert”?

Alex De Ruyter

A common phrase once applied to those serious on embarking on a “scholarly” career was “publish or perish”. In other words, all that mattered to foster a successful academic career was to get articles (typically “double-blind” refereed peer-reviewed) accepted into so-called “leading/international journals”. Now it appears that this is no longer enough. The ever-present pressure

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Three things about impact that you need to know

Julie Bayley

Despite the huge investment in impact since the last REF, are we any better at it? Impact champion Julie Bayley suggests we need to tackle three basic misunderstandings before we can improve and become ‘impact literate’.

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Impact Advice You Need To Know

Saskia Walcott

Saskia Walcott is an independent research communications consultant, specializing in research impact. During REF2014 Saskia worked with a selection of universities and researchers assisting them with their impact case studies and developing and delivering impact workshops. Saskia has previously worked as Head of Communications and Public Engagement for the Economic and Social Research Council (2003 to 2010) and spent 15 months as Research Impact Manager at the University of Bath between 2014 and 2015. In this blog, she discusses three essential pieces of Impact advice all academics need to know.

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Celebrating Pathways to Impact

Stephen Kemp

Stephen Kemp, an independent consultant providing advice and training to universities and researchers to help them win research funding and boost the impact of their research, shares his thoughts on ‘Pathways to Impact’ and the importance of embracing impact focus. 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.

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The ‘who’ in Impact

Harriet Barker

Harriet Barker has a strong understanding of impact from different institutional and disciplinary perspectives thanks to her career in varying sectors of research.  Here, she shares her thoughts on the ‘who’ in impact, encouraging us to think about who has the power to implement research in order to benefit the real world.

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