Impact Seminar Series

Assessing the societal impact of research – strategies in the EU and beyond

31 May 2022, 14.00-15.30

Simon Kerridge
Independent Research Consultant; former Director of Research Services at the University of Kent




Simon will explore how research impact is assessed in different contexts, with a particular focus on the EU and Horizon Europe.

Impact means many things to many people. This talk will focus on impact outside of academia, sometimes called societal impact or broader impacts. What are they, why are they important, how can they be developed and nurtured, and how can they be evidenced and assessed? In essence – what are funders looking for?

Drawing on 30 years of experience in research management, Simon will address these questions. While the focus will be towards Horizon Europe, he will also look at some practice in the UK, Canada, Australia, and the US.


About Simon Kerridge

Simon has been a Research Manager and Administrator for over thirty years. He was previously the Director of Research Services at the University of Kent, where he was responsible for all aspects of the research support including pre-award, post-award, information, strategy, assessment and governance.

He is a Board member of EARMA and serves on the Awards Committee. Previously, he has been a member of the CASRAI Board; a member of the UK Government Open Standards Board; a member of the NCURA Select Committee on Global Affairs, and a member and chair of the Association of Research Managers and Administrators (UK).  He has just finished a secondment to Research England as a panel adviser for the UK Research Excellence Framework (REF 2021).

He is passionate about the development of Research Management and Administration as a profession in the UK and further afield. Simon leads the INORMS RAAAP project and is an expert on the EU foRMAtion project. He holds a doctorate in electronic research administration and is an adjunct lecturer on the Johns Hopkins' International Masters in Research Administration, and serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Research Management and Administration and the Author Fellowship Program committee of the Journal of Research Administration.

Simon has served on a number of other national committees, project boards and working groups, including for Research Councils UK, HEFCE, Universities UK, Jisc, and Vitae on topics such as grant management systems, research development, research assessment, open access, and research information management.