Maximising Research Impact - 15, 22, 29 May 2024

11:00am Wednesday, 15 May 2024
2:00pm Wednesday, 29 May 2024

Established Level Accreditation Program Elective:
Maximising Research Impact: the role of Research Management Professionals in supporting impact to thrive

This elective is delivered over three (3) partial days:

  • Wednesday 15 May 2024, 11:00PM - 2:00PM AEDT
  • Wednesday 22 May 2024, 11:00PM - 2:00PM AEDT
  • Wednesday 29 May 2024, 11:00PM - 2:00PM AEDT

Participants are required to attend all (3) sessions.

Presenter: Dr Faith Welch, Associate Director, Research Strategy & Policy at The University of Auckland

Faith has twelve years’ experience working in research impact-related roles in the UK and New Zealand. In the UK she worked in knowledge exchange and business engagement at one of the seven UK Research Councils, and later as an impact lead in Science and Engineering at the University of Bristol. In 2018, she became the inaugural Research Impact Manager at Waipapa Taumata Rau, the University of Auckland. She leads on strategic initiatives designed to increase the social, environmental, cultural and economic benefits of the institution’s research endeavours.

Faith is the founding convenor of the ARMS Research Impact Special Interest Group, fostering a platform for research management professionals to connect, collaborate and share best practice in impact development. She has launched a number of other network initiatives that earned her an award for Driving the Impact Agenda from Emerald Publishing in 2022. Faith has a passion for growing impact literacy and mobilising a positive impact culture within Australasia.

Program Description:

Research impact refers to the influence and effect that research has on society. It encompasses the changes, advancements, and improvements that occur as a result of research findings being put into practice. Governments, funding agencies, and institutions are seeking to maximise the value and relevance of research investments. They are emphasising the need for research to urgently address significant societal challenges, contribute to economic growth, and drive innovation. Consequently, researchers are expected to demonstrate the real-world benefits and outcomes of their work.

Research management professionals play a crucial role in creating a culture and environment that fosters and maximises the impact of research within an institution. They are responsible for developing strategies, policies, frameworks, training and incentives that support researchers in planning for and maximising their impact.

This course will cover various aspects of research impact to help research managers understand local and global contexts to support their institution and researchers to realise the potential of their work. It will explore what research impact is, how it is integrated into the research lifecycle, and why it is essential in today's context. The course will provide practical guidance on how to support researchers to articulate and plan for impact, taking into account the diverse range of impacts research can have. Additionally, the course will address the challenges associated with capturing and evidencing impact, and how to begin to develop an institutional impact strategy.

Throughout the course equitable approaches to impact and engagement will be highlighted, recognising and embracing the diverse ways in which research can create positive change.

By equipping research managers with the knowledge and skills to support their institution to create an environment where impact can thrive, the course will empower them to make meaningful contributions to societal impact through local research endeavours.


The elective has no formal pre-requisites. The elective is intended for:

  • Mid-senior level research management staff interested in developing a deep, practical understanding of the topics; and
  • ARMFs - ARMS Accredited Research Managers (Foundation) or ARMAs - Accredited Research Managers (Advanced) seeking to broaden their practical understanding of the topics.


No pre-reading required. References available as footnotes in the Body of Knowledge.


At the end of the workshop, participants will be invited to complete a non-compulsory assessment; due two weeks following the end of the elective or as advised by the presenter.

This assessment is compulsory for participants currently paticipating in the ELAP, those who will be registering in the Established Level Accreditation Program (ELAP) within 12 months of completing this Elective or those seeking CPD. 


ARMS Members: $585 AUD per elective (GST inclusive) - Price will be discounted in the Shopping Cart.
Non-Members: $685 AUD per elective (GST inclusive)

CPD: Accredited members (ARMAs and ARMFs) will automatically accrue 8 CPD hours per elective. Registered ELAP participants who successfully complete the assessment will receive 10 ELAP points.

Zoom meeting link: To be provided in email sent prior to commencement of the elective.    

If you have any questions, please contact the ARMS Accreditation and Member Engagement Coordinator or +61 8 8201 5592.


Should your circumstances change, and you are unable to attend this workshop, you must contact by no later than ten (10) working days prior to the commencement of the scheduled event. ARMS will refund the full registration fee minus any administrative fees.

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