Research Impact Professional Development Courses

Alternative Ways to Measure Your Research Impact

Tutor: Robyn Price
Course Level: Level 2
Course Credit: 1 credit
Maximum Course Capacity: 20

This webinar aims to support Doctoral students in thinking critically about understanding the ways in which their work has academic impact and the methods that can be used to measure this.

On completion of this workshop you will be able to:

  • Identify different types of impact of your research that can be measured 
  • Critically reflect on some of the benefits and limitations of traditional metrics including the h-index and the journal Impact Factor 
  • Discuss alternative methods of measuring the impact evidence of your research 
  • Evaluate Altmetric as a measure of ‘alternative’ indicators/metrics for your research


Making an Impact

Tutor: Dr Amy Seakins & Liz Danner
Course Level: Level 2
Course Credit: 1 credit
Maximum Course Capacity: 20

This webinar provides an insight into how to make an impact through your doctoral research. At the beginning of your academic career it can seem too early to think about this but knowing how the system works and investing your time and energy wisely can really pay dividends. The series includes an introduction to the concepts of academic, economic and societal impact, including a discussion of the UK Higher Education system and how you can make an impact within your own research projects.

On completion of this workshop you will be able to:

  • Identify what is meant by impact and why it matters
  • Recognise a range of impact activities involving diverse stakeholders
  • Recognise the wider impact agenda
  • Evaluate its importance to institutions such as Imperial


Some Graduate School courses include pre-course activities for you to complete. Please check this page to find out how to self-enrol on the course’s Blackboard programme module, which will enable you to complete these activities.