As a recipient of funding from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) the Horizon Centre for Doctoral Training in My Life in Data has an obligation to demonstrate the impact of the research undertaken by our PhD students.
What is research impact?
The Research Councils UK (RCUK) defines research impact as ‘“the demonstrable contribution that excellent research makes to society and the economy”. Research impact embraces all the diverse ways that research-related skills can benefit individuals, organisations and nations. This incorporates:
RCUK introduced Pathways to Impact to help Universities consider how their research can make a difference.
How does the Horizon CDT generate research impact?
Our students research has impacted on or is on a pathway to impact for the economy, global society and policy makers, as well as achieving academic impact internationally.
Academic impact: As an transdisciplinary CDT, our research contributes to the development of new and existing research themes through contributions to international conferences, journals, blogs and a range of other publications. Please see our Publications page for further details.
Economic and societal impact: Our students collaborate with over 150 partners from industry, academia, the public sector, catapults and charitable organisations. A number of students have seen their research projects have real impact on policy or society, often as part of collaborative work, or alternatively, have gone on to commercialise aspects of their research or develop related products and services. Please see our CDT Case Studies for examples of this.
Public engagement activity: In addition, many students also undertake a varied range of public engagement work, regularly participating in activities such as the University of Nottingham’s annual community open day Wonder, research showcases, exhibitions, maker faires, community health and arts projects, science festivals and interactive performances.