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Research impact

Impact refers to the demonstrable changes and benefits that occur outside of the academy as a result of research. The beneficiaries of research can be anywhere in the world and can be in any sector or area, be they charities, national or local governments, private companies, or members of the general public. The key thing to bear in mind is that evidence is always required in order to demonstrate that an impact has occurred.

Your faculty’s Research Impact Officer can provide support in a number of areas relating to impact, including:

Contact us

If you have any queries about research impact, please contact the Research Impact Officer for your faculty.

Dr Matt Bennett

Research Impact Officer (Humanities)

Room 2.601, University of Essex, Wivenhoe Park, Colchester, Essex, CO4 3SQ

Telephone 01206 874544

Email mbenneb@essex.ac.uk


Dr Matthew Wells

Research Impact Officer (Science and Health)

Room 5A.121, University of Essex, Wivenhoe Park, Colchester, Essex, CO4 3SQ

Telephone 01206 873520

Email mwells@essex.ac.uk


Nikki Pockett

Research Impact Officer (Social Sciences)

Telephone 01206 873253

Room 5.414, University of Essex, Wivenhoe Park, Colchester, Essex, CO4 3SQ

Email npockett@essex.ac.uk