Dr Elizabeth M Morrow
I am delighted to be part of the Research Impact Summit and the endeavour to ensure research has a positive impact on our world. My biography tells a brief personal story of my experiences of impact. At school, my preferred subjects were painting and creative writing as they allowed me to express my thoughts and make an impact on my world. As I grew, I wanted to know how the world had come to be as it is, so I studied geosciences at University of Wales and an MSc at Royal Holloway University of London. I learnt how to interpret the impact of geological events that happened millions of years ago, such as volcanic eruptions and meteorites. In 1998, my first research job was at St George’s Hospital in London, working with a multidisciplinary team looking at the impact of education about cancer on patients and staff. After 10 years of health education and service improvement research, I went on to work at King’s College London on the impact of healthcare innovations. My PhD explored the impact of public involvement in research in the UK and Australia. Since 2015, I have been working on impact projects for the Leadership Foundation, an organisation which supports training and learning for the higher education sector. I have led research on REF 2014 impact case studies, reviewed the international evidence on impact, and developed tools and guidance for leaders and managers of universities. I have surmised that impact is an extremely useful idea if researchers are supported to be proactive and reflective about impact.