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Leeds Social Sciences Institute Impact Acceleration Account Showcase 21st February 2018 - Workshop Report

Supporting Impact


The Leeds Social Science Institute (LSSI) has supported over 40 impact-related projects through its Impact Acceleration Account (IAA), which is funded by the University and aligned to the ESRC IAA.  The objective of this event was to provide a forum to showcase the breadth and depth of the impact that social sciences research focused on and to celebrate the success of impact projects supported through the LSSI IAA.

The event hoped to strengthen and build on existing relationships and to facilitate new connections with external partners including businesses, policymakers, practitioners and third sector organisations across the Leeds City Region – notably with regard to the opportunities presented by the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund.

The aim was to attract at least 100 people to attend the event, with anticipated delegates from our existing links with organisations such as Leeds City Council and established networks, such as the Inequalities Research Network and Migration Research Network.  In total, 112 people registered for the event and 76 people attended.

The event included presentations of completed IAA projects, in-depth thematic focused sessions and a panel discussion.  An informal networking reception concluded the event.

Impact Showcase

Following the Welcome address by Professor Lisa Roberts, Deputy Vice Chancellor for Research and Innovation, and an Introduction to the event by Professor Jeremy Higham, Executive Dean for Education, the Impact Showcase featured presentations by:

Professor Andy Gouldson (University of Leeds) and Dr Tom Knowland (Leeds City Council)
Leeds Climate Commission

Dr Hayley Davies (University of Leeds)
Creating Impact through Animations with Safeguarding Messages for Children

Professor Cristina Leston Bandeira (University of Leeds) and Kate Anderson (Petitions Committee, Houses of Parliament)
The Petitions Committee

Impact Workshops

In advance of the event, attendees were asked to indicate their first and second choice of workshop from the following

A. International Collaborations
Facilitated by: Dr Ghazala Mir, Professor Mark Priestley and Professor Anna Lawson
Note taker: Faiza Tayyab

B. Coproduction and Partnership Working
Facilitated by: Professor Paul Chatterton, Professor Gary Dymski and Dr Gabriella Alberti
Note taker: Becky Sumerling

C. Sharing best practice of developing impactful research collaborations
Facilitated by: Dr Helen Graham and Dr Julia Martin-Ortega
Note taker: Chiara Bruzzano

D. Creating impact through PGR placements
Facilitated by Mr Sherif Youssef and Mr Jeroen Bastiaanssen
Note taker: Lizzie Caperon

Panel Discussion: Future challenges and collaborative opportunities

The final session was structured as a panel discussion and was chaired by Professor Anthea Hucklesby, Professor of Criminal Justice and Pro-Dean for Research, Law (ESSL).  The panel members were:

Ruth Redfern, Project Director – Inclusive Growth & Social Justice, West Yorkshire Combined Authority
Paul Hayes, Senior Policy Officer, Wakefield Council and Policy Coordinator, Key Cities Group
Professor Andy Brown, LUBS, University of Leeds
Professor Paul Chatterton, Geography, University of Leeds

Ruth Redfern and Paul Hayes both gave presentations.  Ruth spoke about the Inclusive Growth Programme run by the West Yorkshire Combined Authority and Paul presented on Key Cities and the Industrial Strategy.  Professors Andy Brown and Paul Chatterton responded to the presentations and all took questions from the floor.

The notes from the day can be accessed here.  Photographs and videos from the day are on the media resources page.