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Making research accessible to the non-specialist

Sharon Parkinson - Education

Sharon Parkinson shares her thoughts on being part of the judging panel at the 8th Annual University of Leeds Postgraduate Research Conference, highlighting the role impact and potential impact plays in the nomination process for the Postgraduate Researcher of the Year Award.

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Assessing the impact of Research Learning Communities

Professor Chris Brown - Education

Professor Chris Brown, School of Education and Childhood Studies, University of Portsmouth and author of the newly published book Achieving Evidence-Informed Policy and Practice in Education: EvidencED shares his experiences of working with teachers and school leaders using high quality research evidence to improve specific teaching and learning in their schools.

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How can practitioners help strengthen applied research?

Dr Richard Teare - Education

Dr Richard Teare, Managing Editor of Worldwide Hospitality and Tourism Themes (WHATT) gives his opinion on how practitioners can help strengthen research. WHATT aims to make a practical and theoretical contribution to hospitality and tourism development by focusing on key industry issues.

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Not really a dirty word: human rights for a real world impact on our health

Dr Theo Gavrielides - Health

Dr Theo Gavrielides, Editor-in-Chief of International Journal of Human Rights in Healthcare, believes that human rights can act as levers that can lift even the most powerful obstacles in the pursuit of dignity and justice, and argues that research can inform, support and, ultimately, greatly improve the delivery of care services.

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Does social science ‘research with impact’ actually make any impact in the real world?

Simon Linacre - Science/Sociology

‘Real world impact’ is an increasingly significant part of the research process. But immature and improper definition of the term is leading to misrepresentation. We need to refresh the debate, argues Simon Linacre, Emerald’s Head of Business, Management and Economics Journals.

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