‘Research Engagement and Impact – How do I fit in? Examples of Successful Case Studies from the Creative Arts and Humanities’

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Presenter:  Alexandra Murray

Date: Aug 31, 2016

Time: 11:00am to 12:30pm

Contact person:  The LEBA Research and Postgraduate Office
T: 8946 6156
E: LEBAResearch@cdu.edu.au

Location:  Lecture theatre Blue 5.1.01

RSVP by 3pm Monday 29th August 2016 via Outlook or email LEBAResearch@cdu.edu.au
Lunch will be provided upon receipt of an RSVP

**Waterfront Campus, Alice Springs, Adelaide, Melbourne & Sydney based colleagues interested in attending please request video conference in your RSVP (ITMS ask that requests are submitted at least 2 days prior)


CDU has always had a strong commitment to research involving engagement with end users and beneficiaries as well as research with marked impact. Currently, there is a great appetite for researchers to demonstrate and share the impact and significance of their work. According to the Australian Research Council (2016), research impact is the “demonstrable contribution that research makes to the economy, society, culture, national security, public policy or services, health, the environment, or quality of life, beyond contributions to academia”. Like our colleagues in the United Kingdom, Australian researchers have participated in exercises to describe and assess the impact of their research including the development of in-depth case studies. Plans to initiate another trial assessment of Australia’s research engagement and impact in 2017, with the aim to roll out a full assessment in 2018, are currently being formulated. For some researchers, consideration of impact and engagement is an inherent part of their research aims and is their most powerful motivator. For others, research impact and engagement may appear to be at odds with their pursuit of ‘pure’ research and they may not immediately see how to present their work in case studies or the like.

This talk will briefly introduce the current impact and engagement context and will give some examples of ‘successful’ case studies from humanities and the creative arts from previous assessment exercises.


After completing her undergraduate degree in Psychology at the University of Sydney, Alexandra completed a DPhil in Cognitive Neuroscience at Oxford University where she investigated whether the capacity and precision of visual short term memory can be affected by manipulating attention.  Since then, Alexandra has completed a Post-doc in Psychosomatic Medicine at the University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf (UKE) and balanced a continuation of her Post-doc with working in the Faculty of Medicine at the UKE. Alexandra has been working at the Office of Research and Innovation since February this year and is very happy to be supporting CDU research.