Real impact and engagement are connected
Helen Sowey was Senior Research Support Officer at the Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences, UNSW, from August 2017 to October 2018. Prior to this, she spent 20 years working as a practitioner in the health, justice, and social services sectors. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
This is an edited version of a paper presented at the Australasian Research Management Society Conference, Hobart, 20 September 2018.
Australia’s Engagement and Impact Assessment encourages universities to ensure that their research is of benefit to the world beyond academia.
Or does it?
Having spent more than a year in a dedicated “engagement and impact” research support role, I am concerned to see that institutions tend to be narrowly focused on the task of showing evidence of engagement and impact, rather than thinking about what kind of impact their work might have and what kinds of engagement
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