Impact and Research Communication skills


Communication skills

Target group

Members of the Doctoral Schools a year or more into their PhD; early career researchers are also welcome.


This workshop is for postgraduates 1 year or more into their PhD, and is designed to develop the necessary skills for effectively communicating the significance of their research, particularly outside the immediate environment of fellow-specialists in their own discipline or subject area. The relevance of this training will be far-reaching in a range of contexts (grant applications, seminar and conference presentations, publications, job applications, and all forms of contact with the media) central to any researcher’s career. There are practical skills-based exercises and opportunities for discussion and feedback throughout.

  • Making the case for why your research matters: Key skills for engaging non-specialists and getting their attention
  • Looking beyond the case study: The micro and the macro dimensions of your research
  • Defining your contribution to the field: What is the nature of your intervention, and what difference will it make?
  • Making the headlines: Finding the story in your research, and how to announce it
  • Closed and open-ended research: Nailing the facts / pointing outward and onward
  • Generative research: Where does it lead, beyond the terms of the case you have chosen to study? What further research will it help to stimulate and promote?
  • Outcomes and benefits: Implications and applications
  • Impact: Scholarly, pedagogical, non-academic


    Workshop Tutor Josie Dixon is an international training consultant and specialises in running workshops for postgraduates, postdoctoral researchers and staff in the humanities and social sciences. She has over 100 university clients in the UK, Europe and the USA. Principal areas for training are publishing research, writing and giving conference papers, and research communication skills. She was previously Publishing Director for the Academic Division at Palgrave Macmillan and Senior Commissioning Editor at Cambridge University Press, and also has clients in the publishing industry. More details at


    Important: participants have to write a brief (max 1 page or even a paragraph will do) project description (outlining your research project) in order to plan groupings for the exercises in the course of the workshop. 

    Date & Program

    Friday 6 May 2022 from 09:30 to 16:00

    • 09.30

    Introduction: Why do we need these skills?
    Exercise in pairs: Making the case for why your research matters
    Group discussion: Skills and strategies for research communication
    Preview of morning sessions

    • 11.00 TEA / COFFEE BREAK
    • 11.15 Exercises (30 minutes each):

    Looking beyond the case study
    Defining your contribution to the field: what difference will it make?

    • 12.15 Discussion in pairs
    • 12.30 LUNCH BREAK
    • 1.30 Feedback on morning sessions + preview of afternoon sessions
    • 2.00 Exercises (20 minutes each):

    Writing the headlines
    Outcomes and benefits

    • 2.50 Discussion in pairs: Impact
    • 3.15 TEA / COFFEE BREAK
    • 3.30 Group discussion and feedback on exercises

    ‘Tonight’s top stories’ – your headlines
    Review of learning points

    • 4.00 Finish and submit feedback form


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    Registration fee

    Free of charge for Doctoral School members. The no show policy applies: no-show policy UGent

    Teaching and learning material

    Workshop hand-outs



    Number of participants


    Evaluation methods and criteria (doctoral training programme)

    100% participation