On Wednesday 22nd July, jobs.ac.uk hosted its fourth Google Hangout on Air, a live online Q&A event on the subject of ‘Research Impact & Public Engagement for Career Success’.
Over 2,000 people registered for the online event which featured a panel of experts, selected by jobs.ac.uk, to discuss how viewers can develop an impactful research profile.
The panel included:
- Ann Grand, Visiting Fellow at the Open University Institute of Educational Technology and a Research Fellow at the University of the West of England, Bristol
- Steven Hill, Head of the Research Policy at the Higher Education Funding Council for England
- Stacy Konkiel , Research Metrics Consultant at Altmetric
- Dr Charlotte Mathieson , Research Fellow at the University of Warwick
- Sierra Williams, Managing Editor of the LSE Impact of Social Sciences blog.
The panel answered questions posted by viewers prior to the event via the jobs.ac.uk social platforms on Twitter, Facebook and Google+. As a result, Twitter activity on the jobs.ac.uk profile was 446% higher than the daily average for that period.
The most popular question raised, was – ‘How might researchers showcase/demonstrate impact on their CVs and in interviews?’ followed by, ‘What advice can you give on public engagement/research impact for people just starting out e.g. starting their PhD?
Other topics discussed on the day included ‘How to prepare for REF 2020 and what counts , ‘ How might researchers showcase/demonstrate impact on their CVs and in interviews ’ and ‘Is it a risk to blog about work before it’s published’.
Post-event the video has remained popular, with 1000s of people from all over the world continuing to watch it on YouTube, with 27% of these viewers coming from outside the UK
You can watch the full Google+ Hangout on Air here. Owing to the success of the event, the jobs.ac.uk team are looking to organise similar events in the near future to continue to support researchers with their careers.