Impact and Research Communication skills workshop

Cluster Communication skills

Target group

Members of the Doctoral Schools


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

What researchers have said about this workshop


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 70 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

Teaching and learning material



Participants have to write a brief (max 1 page) project description (outlining their research project) in order to plan groupings for the exercises in the course of the workshop.



Number of participants


Date & Teaching hours

Tuesday 22 September 2015, 09:30-16:00 with an hour's lunchbreak 12:30-13:30

Teaching room

Zaal Rector Gillis, het Pand, Onderbergen 1, Gent

Evaluation methods and criteria (doctoral training programme)

100% participation

Registration fee

Free of charge for the members of the Doctoral Schools. However, if you don't show up or you don't attend the entire course without notification, a no show fee of 100 EUR will be charged.

Registration procedure

Registration link: (registration by e-mail is not accepted). Priority will be given to students who send a brief (max 1 page) project description (outlining their research project) before August 15, 2015 to