Annual Research Conference 2015

Impact, Media and Digital Scholarship

Our annual research conference focused on three major themes that underpin 21st-century scholarly practice – research impact, traditional media output, and engagement with digital spaces: spaces that afford greater research dissemination, networking and engagement with research communities, policy makers and the public.

The conference provided a perfect medium for exploring how academics can continue to build impact into their research from day one and enhance the efficacy and utility of research outputs.


Professor Simon Down introduces this year's conference.

Watch the opening plenary.

Watch the closing plenary.

Alongside a series of high-level internal speakers, including Anglia Ruskin’s Vice Chancellor, Prof Mike Thorne; Pro-Vice Chancellor and Dean of LAIBS, Prof Gary Packham; Deputy Dean of Research and Enterprise at LAIBS, Prof Simon Down, and interim Director of the IIMP, Prof Chris Ivory, we were pleased to welcome a series of superb external speakers who are leading these scholarly debates at both a national and global level.

  • Prof Martin Weller (Open University), Professor of Educational Technology; author of the book The Digital Scholar and blog The Ed Techie, and wider authority in digital scholarship.
    Prof Weller's talk synopsis
  • Sierra Williams (LSE), Managing Editor of the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) globally recognised Impact Blog, and soon to be author of new SAGE book on the theme of impact. Download Sierra's presentation, Research impact – embedding impact throughout the research lifecycle.
    Sierra's talk synopsis
  • David Burgoyne (Taylor and Francis), Head of Digital Product Management.
    David's talk synopsis
  • Dr Tim Brooks, Research Policy and REF Manager, Anglia Ruskin University. Download Tim's presentation, The REF and impact.
  • Andrea Hilliard, Head of Corporate Communications, Anglia Ruskin University. Download Andrea's presentation, Boosting your research profile through traditional media.

Download the full conference programme.

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Photo gallery and story of the day

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Further information about the conference

About the Business School

At the Business School we value applied research that engages closely with small businesses, corporations, public sector and voluntary organisations and government departments. Research that fuels change and makes a genuine difference.

Our passion to deliver on this vision was reflected in our successful submission to the Government's recent 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) exercise, scoring highly for the economic, social and practical impact our research has, with a score of 80% at world leading or internationally excellent.