Fraser Rowan

Fraser Rowan

I am a Knowledge Exchange and Impact Manager working with a broad range of Arts and Humanities based subjects, focusing in particular, where research can have Cultural and Social impact.

Location Scotland


  • One of the aims of the Research Hub is to create space for collaboration with non academic partners @AnniTüski. So, in principle, yes. The Research Hub could be accessible to patients and patient advocates. The intention is that the ground floor should be open to the public.

  • That wouldn't surprise me @ZoeS

  • Thanks @EmmaSarter
    This is an excellent example. I'm involved on the peripheries of a similar project at Glasgow Uni. Linking directly with the agencies that are the support mechanisms 'on the ground' provides a completely different perspective and is beneficial to both academic and non-academic parties.

  • That's showing real innovation @MohammadRayhanSharif
    It's an excellent way to create and maintain networks leading to lasting partnerships.

  • Absolutely right - regular communication is essential @JohnStevenson

  • Excellent point @ZoeS I think the way most HEIs have responded to COVID shows a degree of manoeuvrability that was perhaps not expected. I wonder if we can continue that momentum in other areas.

  • Thanks for your thoughts here @RaihanaFerdous
    You have communicated your view clearly.

  • That's great to hear @EmmaHuyton

  • Very welcome @FatimaG. I'm glad your commitment to the course is worth it.

  • Thanks @ZoeS. Perfect explanation. It's useful to point out how the challenges of impact vary with discipline. Your views throughout the course would be appreciated.

  • Thanks @OscarMoreno - bear in mind that impact is not just about science. Arts, Humanities, Social Sciences all play an equitable role in impact.

  • Thanks @KarinB & @NasreenAhsan my colleagues would be the first to admit that I am not a big fan of research for research sake. But, Blue Sky research is hugely important for the development of new 'stuff' or new fields of research. I believe that 100% of research can have an impact. But sometimes its down to folks like me (a KE and Impact Manager) to make...

  • That's a really interesting take @KarinB But I'd suggest that you don't underestimate your value to the research process. Having someone on a team that has experience from both sides of the fence is an asset to be exploited to the fullest. It shouldn't be a substitute for consulting the community though ;-)

  • Thanks for sharing this @EmmaSarter Far more people are in this position than you might think. Consultation is vital. A super important part of the process. More on this later but I'm delighted that you brought this up.

  • Great thought @JohnStevenson

  • Hey @KarinB you could have a stab at it and see how/if your view changes over the duration of the course. You can share it or keep it to yourself ;-)

  • Thanks @NasreenAhsan You don't have to upload your template. It would be great if you could share your thoughts on how it changes your perspective or makes you think differently about your work. Feel free to start a discussion here to talk about your experiences or if you are finding any aspects of the template challenging.

  • Excellent response @EmmaSarter and that 'different perspective' is something that is often overlooked

  • Thanks @JohnStevenson Back in the 2014 REF there was a lot of reverse engineering going on to evidence impact. Planning impact at the stage the project is taking shape can avoid a head-ache later on. More about that later in the course.

  • That's and interesting point @KarinB If we are looking to communicate beyond our peer reviewed journals, should we be publishing elsewhere and if so where? Also, should we think about translating from academic speak to lay-terms? How do you balance between accessibility and academic reputation?

  • Good and concise @JohnStevenson

  • Thanks @MarilouPolymeropoulou. Fascinating doctorate. I think you are the first person that I've heard of that's studied chipmusic. I'm more of a modular person myself.

  • Interesting field of research @KarinB. I'll be interested to hear how that progresses.

  • I like your ambition here @JaniceMurray That's a tough ask though ;-)

  • That's an important point @WendyInglisHumphrey

  • Indeed @NoorEllahi it is worthwhile reflecting on our current situation and how that might change the future of networking.

  • @VickyHeath I'd second that @WendyInglisHumphrey that's really useful.

  • Perhaps you could consider changes in the school curriculum? Who considers what is important in schools? Potentially those setting the exams? Currently, we in Glasgow feel that it is important that school students better understand the role Glasgow played in the slave trade, for example.

    Aside from change in the curriculum, literature and culture is hugely...

  • Thanks for sharing @GiovannaLima

  • Thanks for sharing Mark's template @GiovannaLima It's a really useful starting point and gets you thinking about the important aspects of stakeholder analysis.

  • Excellent advice @EstherLaird

  • I'd be interested to hear your thoughts on ethics and how they play a role here @AltheaPhoenix Do you have any specific examples that highlight how ethics might influence academic/industry collaboration?

  • Great observations @EstherLaird. On the issue of ownership/protection etc. I'd say you are likely to address that on a case by case basis. It is important to firstly understand the policies of the institution you are affiliated with. You might find that these things have already been decided by the University Court for example. There will likely be specific...

  • I think that this is where education of the benefits of good impact come into play @CorneliusMandlaMbathaCM. Referring back to the 'What's in it for me' section - 1.7 - might offer some useful pointers that will help you get the message across.

  • Delighted to hear this is useful @RichardDiegoLluen

  • That's an excellent point @AnitaChiang
    It is unlikely to happen, but avoid others taking your fantastic ideas by having 'confidential' chats with folks you know and trust.

  • Again, sage words @HughWilkins. When you move from commercially driven impacts towards impacts in the cultural and/or social sectors the model does start to change. This is perhaps most evident in my own sector - Arts & Humanities - where exchanges of people time, i.e. placements/internships can be the currency traded. In-kind support is highly valued in these...

  • That's an excellent point @HughWilkins. It is never nice to think of the worse case scenario at the start of a collaborative venture. However, if you do, you can plan for these things.
    Most muti-partnered projects will establish the rules and 'what-ifs' via a collaboration agreement. Most folks don't know they exist as they are only ever relied upon when...

  • Great to hear @HughWilkins

  • Nail on the head @MichaelEllis. This is often overlooked. You could be looking at an entirely new skill set that is not easily accessible.

  • Another way I look at these differences @LucySmith is whether an organisation is driven by profit or not. For example - private company versus charity.

  • Thanks for pointing that out @TeresaHolmes. Absolutely right.

  • In the long-term, getting education right is a good priority @MichaelEllis

  • Very well articulated @NSIIMENTACHARITY.

  • This can't be underestimated @TeresaHolmes. You make a great point here. Often these networks can be quite opaque from the outside. That's where excellent contacts or good old-fashioned networking comes in handy.

  • Very useful @GiovannaLima

  • That's great to hear @HughWilkins

  • That's a worthy point you bring out @HughWilkins. It is often something that I mention to academic colleagues as a positive when they are not sure if the impact path is right for them.

  • Sounds like you have already had good experiences of Impact @JoséPereiraV

  • You are in a subject that is impactful by nature @IjeomaAjala. Hopefully by the end of the course we will have assisted you to make your existing processes more efficient.

  • Good luck with that paper @NadiaB. That's a really interesting subject area.

  • Thank you @IjeomaAjala. Hope you enjoy the course.

  • You make a really important observation here @WendyInglisHumphrey. Impact is not for every academic unfortunately. You have to recognise when some colleagues are not right for the project (or the partners). If they are not a good fit, it is important to know when to put the brakes on. I think we counter that culture through the provision of good information...

  • Far more complex and far more interesting too @AlastairCraigOrr

  • Hi @JoannePettitt - research will always impact different groups in different ways. Once you start identifying those different 'strands' of impact you can prioritise which are most important to you.

  • Hi @LucySmith - that point where you step back from a project and really consider who it might add value to or who might be interested...... that's the part I enjoy working with colleagues on the most. Light bulb moment!

  • Exactly @TeresaHolmes Recognising the value of evaluation and amending as appropriate is key.

  • Great to hear the template is influencing your perspective @CheronoAchieng

  • Thanks @MeredithLewis. We talk about tertiary education here too but I wasn't entirely sure if you were referring to your charitable sector which we refer to as the 3rd sector. I suppose sectors across the board are suffering at the moment. Here's hoping for things to get back on track safely as quickly as possible.

  • The Conversation is a fantastic example of how academics can communicate their research in an accessible way, which is a key aspect of impact. (The Conversation is where I usually start my day and I almost never fail to have the 'well, I didn't know that!' moment.)

  • Hi @JonathanEapen - measuring success or evaluating is a fundamental part of impact and it is often overlooked. You are coming at this from quite a different perspective and I think that will be of value to the others on the course. I look forward to your thoughts as the course progresses. Many of the evaluation techniques for impact have originated from the...

  • That's a great outline Anita.

  • Hi @MeredithLewis - can you define your 'tertiary sector'?

  • Hi Aqsa. Indeed, good research can lead to financial benefits for an organisation but it can also lead to both cultural and societal benefits too (which can be of equal if not greater importance than that of finances). Hopefully this will become clearer as the course progresses.

  • Hi Meredith, I've been working in the Arts and Humanities myself for a number of years. The lessons learned from creating impact from research are transferable across any subject area and discipline. Having an understanding of impact and the benefits it can bring will make you an asset within teams involving academics and the non-academic community. Enjoy the...

  • That's really great to hear Irina.

  • Hi Wendy. Some academics see the application of their research and the non-academic partners as integral to their project. Others find their research to be niche or too far back from the application focused milestones. Personally, I really enjoy working with these folks and helping them realise that all research can have impact.

  • Hi Kimani. Impact is indeed a big part of entrepreneurship. Are there specific fields or disciplines that interest you most?