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Embedding Impact into Project Design

Date & Time:

February 13, 2018 (Tue) | 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. 


Small Moot Court, Room 723, 7/F, Cheng Yu Tung Tower, Centennial Campus


Dr Jennifer Hendry
Associate Professor, School of Law
Director, Centre for Law and Social Justice
University of Leeds

This seminar is jointly organised by the Faculty of Law and the Knowledge Exchange Office.



This seminar will outline the practice of identifying the impact potential of a fledgling project and embedding considerations of impact within project design and funding proposals. Drawing on my recent experience of drafting a funding proposal on the topic of ‘Everyday Challenges for the Rule of Law: The Case of Civil / Criminal Procedural Hybrids’, I will discuss the Pathways to Impact guidelines and outline how impact considerations can be ‘built in’ to research projects from conceptualisation.

About the Speaker:

Dr Jennifer (Jen) Hendry is an Associate Professor at the University of Leeds School of Law, Director of the School’s Research Centre for Law and Social Justice, and Vice-Chair of the UK Socio-Legal Studies Association (SLSA). She is a member of the School of Law’s REF reading group, which is a selective group of senior academics chosen for their standing and expertise within their respective research fields. This confidential in-house process tasks the group with reading colleagues’ self-selected published outputs and providing comment and ratings in accordance with current REF criteria and REF 2014 panel feedback.

Through her position with the SLSA, which is a learned society and law subject association with over 800 national and international members, Jen also participated in the 2017 Stern Review REF consultation exercise. The SLSA sub-committee’s response to this consultation considered the following issues: the structuring of the Unit of Assessment, the composition of the Expert Panels, the selection of sub-panel chairs, the number of outputs to be expected of each staff member, output portability, collaborative and interdisciplinary research, public engagement and impact, and environment.

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