Testimonials

University of Stirling, Scotland

Jenn delivered a full day’s training on Grant Writing for our research staff. The course got excellent feedback, and, having spoken to the participants, they were all very energised and positive following the training. Jenn herself is very pleasant and well organised, and I certainly intend to invite Jenn back again in the future.

Katharine Reibig, Research and Enterprise

There’s been a dramatic change in one of the delegates’ applications from before to after your session, and I think a lot of the credit is yours!

Dr Christopher Ferguson, Research Funding Officer

Edith Cowen University, Western Australia

Jennifer was an invited speaker at the 2014 InSPiRE inter-University conference for doctoral researchers. Jennifer presented a keynote address on Pathways to Impact, plus facilitated an interactive workshop featuring the Research Impact game. Feedback from participants was extremely positive and her sessions were a highlight of the conference. I fully endorse Jennifer’s expertise in research impact.

Dr Natasha Ayers

University of Manchester

Jenn was initially recommended to me by a colleague in the Graduate and Researcher Development Team at Manchester. However I wanted her to do something a bit different – a ‘Train the trainer’ session on Pathways to Impact planning and costing for Research Support Staff and Impact Officers. Jenn paid careful attention to our needs and specifications to tailor a half-day training course which was highly praised by all who attended. The information also complemented and added to our own toolkit of materials for research staff. I fully intend to make more use of her expertise in future… if she is willing!

Judith Gracey, Knowledge Transfer and Impact Coordinator

Manchester Metropolitan University

We were really impressed with Jenn’s presentation and workshop activities for our Faculty impact training day – she managed to pitch everything at just the right level for a diverse range of colleagues and made it both informative and engaging – and the resources will prove invaluable.

Katherine Roycroft, Faculty of Business and Law

The University of Manchester Faculty of Engineering and Sciences

Jenn has delivered a number of research impact themed workshops at The University of Manchester, from early career researchers, to senior academics, to research support services. Feedback on her sessions is consistently positive and well received by our research communities, with colleagues highlighting both her excellent facilitation of in-depth discussions on impact balanced with practical advice for developing pathways to impact plans.

Dee-Ann Johnson, Communications Officer

University of Western Australia

Jennifer introduced me to the UK Impact Agenda when I visited the University of York in 2011. I was so impressed by the quality of her ideas and depth of analysis that I sponsored her to visit the University of Western Australia to present to our researchers on this topic. In two visits in 2012 and 2013 she delivered well prepared, thoughtful and intelligent workshops. She presents material with depth, and communicates in a way that is clear, engaging and highly effective. Feedback from participants during her visits to the University of Western Australia was so enthusiastic that another local University sponsored her return to Australia as a key presenter for the 2014 InSPiRE inter-University conference for doctoral researchers.

Dr Krystyna Haq, Graduate Training Officer

Participant Feedback

I just wanted to thank you for yesterdays input. It was an excellent overview and raised a number of issues that resonated within the context of matrix.

Participant, Impact and Evaluation Webinar for Assessment Services, MATRIX

Jenn’s NVivo training session was carefully built around our specific requirements. It was pitched at the right level and allowed us to progress quickly and flexibly from very basic knowledge to analysing our own data within a day. Highly recommended.

Participant, NVivo Research Methods Training

Many thanks for organizing the event. Aspects such as writing for publication talk and handout and RDS interactive talk were excellent and will inform my future research.

Participant, NIHR writing for publication session 2016

I was delighted to attend and have learned a lot from the very well-articulated presentation by Jenn. Her enthusiasm for the subject is contagious. I will be taking “home” lots of what she talked about. I have already passed on the material to Greg who is interested also in these aspect and serves on the ARC expert panel.

Associate Professor and Deputy Head of School​, Faculty of Engineering, Computing and Mathematics​, UWA​

Jenn was very knowledgeable and conveyed the content in an extremely clear, articulate and interesting manner.

Management Researcher, Participant on grant writing session, University of Stirling

This two-day session was excellent and highly useful. The speakers brought considerable expertise. The program was balanced to give opportunities to participants to assess their research in terms of impact. Importantly, the facilitators helped us to identify various ways to build impact into research plans and to identify components of impact that we might otherwise not be aware of. I also appreciated that the IAS sessions are open to all universities. It was a great opportunity to network.

Participant feedback from UWA, Australia, 2013

Thank you for a very informative, interesting and enlightening presentation – it certainly has our brains buzzing.

Participant on 2013 Pathways to impact training, UWA

Participant blog entry about UWA 2012 Humanities impact masterclass - Read

Researcher, UWA, Humanities

Thank you for today’s session. It was really informative and great at getting us to think about our research projects in new ways. Everybody I spoke to afterwards commented on how useful they had found it!

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Durham University

I went on the grant writing course run by Jenn at Durham. I found the course to be an excellent day that took me through the many stages of the grant writing process and made me feel more confident in my ability to compose a funding proposal. I particularly valued being able to discuss what criteria is used to judge whether to fund grants with RCUK panel members.

Participant, Grant Writing, in the Sciences, Durham University

The session gave me lots of ideas, was well organised and had a good range of activities integrated to the programme.

Participant, Grant Writing, Arts and Humanities, Durham University

The session clarified a lot of things, such as the differences between Leverhulme and AHRC and what the research councils mean by Impact and what is meant by REF impact.

Participant, Grant Writing for the Arts and Humanities, Durham University

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