UCD Impact Case Study Competition - Testimonials


Winner 2019

"Iā€™m delighted with this recognition of the collaborative work of colleagues across the university and survivors of institutional abuse. This really shows the academic and real-world value of Humanities research."

Associate Professor Emilie Pine,
School of English, Drama and Film

Runner-up 2019

"The competition and workshops really taught our team about the various impacts of our research project, and how we can capture impacts more effectively in the future."

Dr Mirjam Heinen,
National Nutrition Surveillance Centre

Runner-up 2019

"Being part of this competition has improved the quality of our research impact statements in all subsequent proposals."


Runner-up 2019

"The competition encouraged me to articulate how the arts and humanities can benefit society, and gave a platform to aspects of research that are not always recognised in academia."

Dr Kelly Fitzgerald,
School of Irish, Celtic Studies and Folklore

Winner 2018

"I am honoured to have received the UCD Research Impact Case Study Award. Research that supports people builds a highly rewarding experience for both communities and researchers. This award means a lot to me, because it recognises the impact my research has had on our daily lives through regulation and policy development. I am grateful to my participants for sharing their experiences, as well as my funders for enabling this work, and UCD for recognising the social impact of this work through this award."

Associate Professor Crystal Fulton,
School of Information & Communication Studies

Runner-up 2018

"The Competition was a great incentive to start thinking the different ways in which our work can have impact beyond the academy. UCD takes a positive and inclusive approach to research impact. The preparatory workshops were worth attending ā€“ they were practical and thought-provoking."

Associate Professor Niamh Howlin,
Sutherland School of Law

Runner-up 2018

"I found it most useful in terms of learning what "impact" really means. It is a term that is used a lot, perhaps even overused. This competition really challenged me to think about the different impacts my research can potentially make"

Dr Antoinette Perry,
School of Biomolecular & Biomedical Science

Runner-up 2018

"Entering the impact case study competition challenged me in a new way ā€“ to communicate my research outcome and highlight its impact for a non-technical audience. I believe it helped me to develop new skills which would enhance my research in future. The masterclass provided me with a useful insight into the principles of the impact journey and encouraged me to learn more. The program did a great job."

Dr Amirhossein Jalali,
School of Medicine

Runner-up 2018

"I found the research impact competition very motivating. It encouraged me to frame my research in the context of its potential impact and wider significance, and how I may be more involved in helping to realise those potential impacts. It was also useful for helping focus on the most relevant issues for describing impact for funding applications. And it's wonderful to see your work being made into a nicely illustrated case study that helps promote and explain the research to a much wider public."

Dr David Hughes,
School of Biomolecular & Biomedical Science

Runner-up 2017

"A great opportunity for our research team to consider the impact of our research, identifying indicators of impact and developing an impact plan. Getting ideas down on paper as a case study also proved useful in grant applications, where impact is now a major focus. I found the research impact workshop useful in terms of reframing and broadening how I think about research impact.

Dr Fiona Lanigan,
School of Biomolecular & Biomedical Science

Runner-up 2017

"Sometimes as researchers we don't appreciate how our research appears to others. The task of preparing the application and trying to explain the impact of my research to a lay audience was really enlightening. With no prior expectations, I found myself one of the ten winners of the Impact award, and was invited to a very useful day-long workshop with Professor Mark Reed, who followed up with a series of emails over the next year offering advice on how to present impact.

Even if you do not win, making yourself prepare the impact statement is extremely useful in terms of getting an outsider's perspective on your own research. From the perspective of UCD, I feel the better we all are at communicating the impact of our research, the better the university will be able to connect with politicians, the media and prospective students."

Associate Professor Patrick Murphy,
School of Mathematics & Statistics

Runner-up 2017

"It is very important for us as researchers to think not only of the fine details of our researcher topics but see it in a global context, as we are the key to the development of our world. We need to understand the long-term impacts to all stakeholders, big and small. As our world becomes more densely populated and our ecosystems more under pressure from humanity we must improve our eye sight and deeply understand all our research's future impacts.

It was wonderful to see UCD recognise my impactful research in the area of low-cost technology for low-resourced settings. The competition gave me the chance to learn more about research impact and how to improve my own. I definitely recommend that all researchers learn about these awards and learn from them how to increase their research impact."

Dr Shane Keaveney,
School of Mechanical & Materials Engineering