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Education, Childhood and Youth (ECY) – Pathway Impact Event

Date - Monday, 22nd January 2018 (10:30 am - 2:30 pm)


Date & Time: Monday 22 January 2018, 10.30am – 2.30pm

Venue: ICOSS Conference Room, ICOSS, University of  Sheffield, 219 Portobello, Sheffield, S1 4DP

Keynote Speaker

MarshJackie Marsh is Professor of Education at the University of Sheffield. She has led numerous research projects engaging children, teachers, parents and children’s media industry partners in research on young children’s play and digital literacy practices in homes and schools.  Jackie is Chair of COST Action IS1410, DigiLitEY, a European network of 33 countries focusing on research in this area (2015-2019). She is currently leading a 7 country project on makerspaces in the early years, MakEY (2017-2019) funded by the EU Horizon 2020 programme.


Professional Consultants

Sarah Geere is the Institutional Impact Co-ordinator at the University of Sheffield. Her role covers all aspects of impact, from grant proposals to REF case studies and building partnerships. She has been working on impact for seven years and has followed the impact agenda’s evolution from embryonic concept to core strategic driver, in conversation with academics, funders and external partners.

Nicola Strafford is an Impact Consultant at the University of Sheffield. Nicola has worked at the University of Sheffield for six years supporting researchers in different areas, including impact, public engagement, research ethics and the REF. Prior to that she worked at the Geographical Association, an educational charity which supports geography teachers.


Time Session
10.30 – 11.00 Registration & arrival coffee
11.00 – 11.40 Session 1: Introducing Impact
Sarah Geere, Impact Consultant & Nicola Strafford, Impact Consultant, University of Sheffield
This session will cover some key questions you may have about non-academic research impact: What is it? Why is it important? How can you plan for it?
It will consist of a presentation and a chance to ask questions, followed by a chance to talk in groups about the possible impacts of your own research.
11.40 – 12.10 Discussion Groups
12.10 – 13.10 Lunch
13.10 – 13.50 Session 2: Exploring play and creativity in pre-schoolers’ use of apps: A case study of impact
Professor Jackie Marsh, School of Education, University of Sheffield
Professor Jackie Marsh will outline a case study of an ESRC-funded research project that focused on exploring children aged 0-5’s use of tablets and apps at home and school. The project was co-produced with children’s media industry partners and teachers. The presentation will outline how the project was designed to ensure it had an impact on the practice of partners, and how we disseminated the findings more widely to inform a larger group of stakeholders. The presentation will conclude with some pointers for enhancing the impact of your research project.
13.50 – 14.20 Discussion
14.20 – 14.30 Plenary

Travel Information
Students are responsible for arranging travel to and from these Pathway Specific Training sessions.  The WRDTP cannot reimburse travel costs to these sessions.

This event will include an interactive webinar with live streaming and recording. Details on how to join the session online are below:

Click on this URL https://sheffield.adobeconnect.com/r6bwo8gnrkns and follow the instructions to connect. Enter as a guest and ignore the option ‘enter with your login and password’.

We recommend you connect to the session at least 15 minutes before the scheduled start, to ensure that everything is working. If you have any problems accessing the session click on https://www.sheffield.ac.uk/cics/adobe-connect/beforethesession . You can access before the session to ensure smooth connection on the day.

You will need the following:

  • A computer with a good internet connection
  • Headset
  • A quiet space to take part in the session

Students will be able to ask questions via the text chat box.

Book your place here now!

Enquiry contact details
For all enquiries please contact Pathway Deputy Director Christine Winter c.winter@sheffield.ac.uk.