ACU Ambassadors Summit: Creating and assessing research impact

ACU Ambassadors and members of the Higher Education and the SDGs Network and Supporting Research Community are invited to this virtual summit on creating and assessing research impact.

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07 Oct 2021

We are delighted to announce that our fourth ACU Ambassadors Summit  - Creating and assessing research impact – will be be held on 7 October 2021.

The summit will provide an opportunity to hear from experts in the area of research impact. Dr David Phipps from York University in Canada and Dr Julie Bayley from Lincoln University in the UK will share insights and key tools for assessing the wider impact of your university’s research on society.

Across the Commonwealth, the importance of assessing the impact research has on wider society and the world at large is growing significantly - especially within the framework of the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

This is a great opportunity to connect and learn from staff at other universities on creating and assessing research impact.


To accommodate different time zones, two  90-minute summits will be held via Zoom on 7 October. Please register for one of the following sessions by Monday 27 September at 23:59:

  • 07:00 – 08:30 UTC, 7 October featuring Dr Julie Bayley
  • 14:00 – 15:30 UTC, 7 October featuring Dr David Phipps

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Who can attend?

The summit is a closed event, and registration is only open to the following groups:

Invitations have been emailed to all ACU Ambassadors and members of the Higher Education and the SDGs Network and the Supporting Research Community. Please do not forward invitations to colleagues.


Become an ACU Ambassador

ACU Ambassador (formerly named ACU Champions) should have an international remit (for example, international office, partnerships) at an ACU member university. ACU Ambassadors help facilitate stronger communication between the ACU and your university.

If you're are not currently an ACU Ambassador and are interested in becoming one, read the Terms of Reference and email


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Dr Julie Bayley
Director of Research Impact Development
University of Lincoln, UK

Dr Julie Bayley is the Director of Research Impact Development at the University of Lincoln, combining an academic and research management role. She is also Director of the Lincoln Impact Literacy Institute (LILI) and collaborates nationally and internationally on the development of impact literacy within research. Julie undertakes extensive consultancy across the research sector and has been appointed as Emerald Publishing’s Impact Literacy Advisor, alongside being Director of Qualifications for the Association of Research Managers and Administrators (ARMA) and Co-I on an EPSRC funded project on equality, diversion and inclusivity in STEM. Alongside her impact work, Julie is a Chartered Health Psychologist with a PhD in Health Psychology and Impact and a patient advocate in vascular health.

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Dr David Phipps
Assistant Vice President, Research Strategy and Impact
York University, Canada

Dr Phipps is the administrative lead for all research programmes and their impacts on local and global communities at York University in Toronto, Canada. He has received honours and awards from the Canadian Association of Research Administrators, Society for Research Administration International, Institute for Knowledge Mobilization, International Network of Research Management Societies and the EU based Knowledge Economy Network. He received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for his work in knowledge mobilization and was named the most influential knowledge mobilizer in Canada. He sits on knowledge mobilization committees around the world and is Network Director for Research Impact Canada.

David is a Steering Committee member for the Supporting Research Community.​

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