Director of Research Impact Development, University of Lincoln
Chartered Health Psychologist, impact specialist, behaviour change intervention developer, BSc, MSc, PhD
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I am the Director of Research Impact Development at the University of Lincoln, leading the development and implementation of the institution’s impact strategy. This covers training, development, REF, non-REF and much more. I am also Director of the Lincoln Impact Literacy Institute (more on impact literacy below and elsewhere on this site) and Director of Impact for the Eleanor Glanville Centre, the University’s department for diversity and inclusion. I am also a Chartered and HCPC Registered Health Psychologist and have been an applied researcher for nearly 20 years.
I stepped formally into impact in around 2013, starting with the development of an impact capture system, with the role morphing fairly quickly into training and development in response to the needs across the sector. After several years seconded as an impact officer at Coventry University alongside my research role, I moved to Lincoln in 2018 to a ‘hybrid’ academic/research post to support scholarly based practice and practice based scholarship. In short, joining the dots between evidence and action.
I have been immensely fortunate to build fantastic links across the sector, particularly on the concept of impact literacy. Put simply, I’ve seen too much bad practice, pressured expectations and short termism to know that’s *not* the route to good impact. Instead we need to build knowledge and understanding of impact across the sector so people can make meaningful and appropriate decisions about connecting research with society. I’m incredibly lucky to work closely with Dr David Phipps (York University, Toronto), guru of knowledge mobilisation and someone who shares my concerns that unless we really understand impact, we can’t really help those who can benefit. Our partnership has led to the building and extending of the concept of impact literacy, knowledge broker competencies, institutional health, and literacy and health workbooks to support the academic community. I’m also fortunate to have been commissioned by Emerald Publishing as their Impact Literacy Advisor, and am always heartened by an open agenda to help inform their support of impact across the sector. In addition I work closely with funders, particularly NIHR, to explore how impact literacy can be engrained in all areas of academic life. I am also impact co-I on the Lincoln-led EPSRC Funded “ASPIRE” project, focused on developing more inclusive research cultures within STEM. Beyond these roles I undertake a considerable amount of consultancy across the sector to support staff development, impact literacy and broader strategies for impact.
Alongside this I work closely with the Association of Research Managers and Administrators (ARMA), the UK’s professional body for RMAs, for which after roles as Impact Champion and member of the Professional Development Committee am now the Director of Qualifications. I am also a member of the Research Administration As A Profession (RAAAP) task force and recent co-chair (with David) of the International Network of Research Management Societies (INORMS) Research Impact and Stakeholder Engagement (RISE) working group.
More personally I lived with a disability for 10 years following a Deep Vein Thrombosis or five, and whilst I was incredibly lucky to receive venous stents in 2018 (stopping the pain), I remain a patient advocate in vascular health.
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Dr Julie Bayley is 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.