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Impact Symposium 2021
Collaboration in Action
29/09/21 | Online Event

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29/09/21 09:15-12:15 (GMT +1)

N.B. This event is aimed at roles that are involved with impact, including Impact Officers, Research Managers, Policy Makers, Directors of Research / Impact Functions and similar positions, across Higher Education Institutions, research institutes, government/charitable organisations and relevant corporates with active social/environmental/economic impact functions.

Impact Symposium Summary

In the second edition of our annual Impact Symposium, we examine the state of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and how collaboration provides opportunities to speed up progress that has been set back by as much as 25 years.

According to a recent survey, only 12% of organisations believe that they have made strong progress towards their SDG targets, while over 95% are certain or unsure that their organisations could be making more progress towards the SDGs. Nearly a quarter of organisations have not aligned their strategic priorities to the SDGs. COVID and institutional strategy are just some of the major challenges that have acted as inhibitors.

In this climate, the Collaboration in Action summit looks to assess what can be done to accelerate progress towards the SDGs, bringing together international experts in the SDGs and impact, alongside case studies of how organisations are successfully making their way towards their goals. One of the emerging themes is that impact activities cannot be carried out in isolation – to meet the SDG goals in time, cross-disciplinary working between relevant experts will lead the way.

2030 is edging closer, and we need to act now and work together to solve the pressing social, economic and environmental challenges that affect the entire world. Academia, science, policy, industry, and others have a unique chance to co-operate for a sustainable future. Our impact is our legacy.


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Impact Symposium Agenda

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Keynote Speaker: Collaboration in Action

Ms. Maki Katsuno-Hayashikawa

Director of the Division for Education 2030 at UNESCO Headquarters

Ms Maki Katsuno-Hayashikawa

Ms. Maki Katsuno-Hayashikawa is the Director of the Division for Education 2030 at UNESCO Headquarters.

Maki has extensive experiences of over 25 years with UNESCO, UNICEF and JICA, in managing global, regional and country level programmes on inclusive education, gender and education, ECCE, learning assessment and teacher education as well as coordinating partnerships in education. Currently, she oversees UNESCO’s global programmes on Gender and Inclusive Education, Higher Education, Education in Emergencies and leads the reform of the global SDG4 coordination mechanism.

Speakers: International Collaboration Panel

Dr Rajesh Tandon

Founder-President of Participatory Research in Asia (PRIA); Co-Chair of the UNESCO Chair on Community Based Research and Social Responsibility in Higher Education


Dr. Tandon is an internationally acclaimed leader and practitioner of participatory research and development. He is Founder-President of Participatory Research in Asia (PRIA), a global centre for participatory research & training since 1982. He is also Co-Chair of the UNESCO Chair on Community Based Research and Social Responsibility in Higher Education since 2012.

The UNESCO Chair grows out of and supports UNESCO’s global lead to play ‘a key role in assisting countries to build knowledge societies’. Dr. Tandon also heads the Forum for Indian Development Corporation (FIDC) as its Chairperson. He is also Chairperson of the Committee constituted by the University Grants Commission to carry out appraisal of the scheme ‘Unnat Bharat Abhiyan’.

Engineering in Electronics from IIT, Kanpur, MBA from IIM Calcutta and PhD in Management from Case Western Reserve University, USA, Dr. Tandon left his teaching job at IIM Calcuttato support & champion the cause of building organisations and capacities of the marginalised
through their knowledge, learning and empowerment. A pioneer of participatory research, Dr. Tandon has given new meaning to academic research by redefining the relationship between the researcher and the researched. He has been contributing to the emergence of several local, National and International groups and initiatives to promote authentic and participatory development of societies.

Dr. Tandon has served on numerous Expert Committees of Govt. of India, UGC, UN, Commonwealth and World Bank. In 2015, the Indian Adult Education Association (IAEA) awarded Dr. Tandon the Nehru Literacy Award. For his distinguished work on gender issues, the Government of India honoured him with the prestigious Award in ‘Social Justice’ in March, 2007. The University of Victoria, Canada, awarded Dr. Tandon the degree of Doctor of Law (Honoris Causa) in June 2008. He is the first Indian to be inducted to the International Adult and Continuing Education (IACE) Hall of Fame (class of 2011). He is also the first Indian scholar to be inducted into the Academy of Engagement Scholarship in 2019.

Dr Rasigan Maharajh

Founding Chief Director of the Institute for Economic Research on Innovation at Tshwane University of Technology; Node Head of the Department of Science and Innovation and National Research Foundation’ Centre of Excellence in Scientometrics and Science, Technology and Innovation Policy

Dr Rasigan Maharajh    IERI Logo NRF (National Research Foundation) Logo

Rasigan Maharajh is concurrently Node Head of the Department of Science and Innovation and National Research Foundation’ Centre of Excellence in Scientometrics and Science, Technology and Innovation Policy; the founding Chief Director of the Institute for Economic Research on Innovation at Tshwane University of Technology; and an Associate Research Fellow of the Tellus Institute in Boston.

Rasigan was previously: Professor Extraordinary of the Centre for Research on Evaluation, Science and Technology at Stellenbosch University; a Visiting Professor at Rede de Pesquisa em Sistemas e Arranjos Produtivos e Inovativos Locais in the Instituto de Economia of the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Visiting Research Scholar at the George Perkins Marsh Institute of Clark University, USA; Head of Policy at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research; and National
Coordinator of the Science and Technology Policy Transition Project for South Africa’s first democratic government.

Before these deployments, Rasigan was: Senior Researcher at the Education Policy Unit of the University of Natal; National
Coordinator and Researcher at Operation Upgrade of Southern Africa; Research Assistant at the Macro-Education Policy Unit of the University of Durban-Westville; Research Assistant at the Labour and Community Project of the South African
Council for Higher Education; and a Casual Labourer at Pick and Pay Supermarkets.

Rasigan was awarded a Doctor of Philosophy degree by the Forskningspolitiska Institutet (Research Policy Institute), School of Economics and Management, Lund University, Sweden; and he is also an alumnus of the University of KwaZulu-Natal
of South Africa and the Harvard Business School of the United States. Rasigan is a Ministerial Representative on the Council of Rhodes University and an elected Senator of Tshwane University of Technology. Since 2004, Rasigan has contributed to more than 65 publications, and has presented his research in 42 countries.

Matthew Guest

Policy Manager | Places, Skills & Knowledge Exchange

Matthew Guest    GuildHE Logo

Matthew Guest is the Policy Manager (Places, Skills & Knowledge Exchange) for  GuildHE, the representative body for specialist and smaller universities and colleges within the UK. In particular he focuses on knowledge exchange; skills policy; international policy and partnerships. He supports the work of GuildHE Research. Matthew is also a Research Associate for the Centre for Charitable Giving and Philanthropy (CGAP) at Bayes Business School, City, University of London.

Matthew has been the Marketing Manager for a medium-sized charity. He previously worked for five years at the Centre for Charity Effectiveness at City, University of London, project managing programmes including the Lord Mayor of the City of London’s Charity Leadership Programme and coordinating business development activities. Prior to this, Matthew was the Director for Student Development & Activities at the University of St Andrews Students’ Association.

Outside of work, Matthew served on the PCC for Battersea Parish Church for eight years. He was previously the Honorary Treasurer and Trustee at Community Southwark for six years. He also enjoys playing badminton and tennis.

Matthew holds an MSc in Voluntary Sector Management from City and an MA in Classics from St Andrews.

Speakers: Cross-Sector Collaboration Panel

Dr Sarah Foxen

Knowledge Exchange Lead in POST, UK Parliament

Dr Sarah Foxen

Dr Sarah Foxen is Knowledge Exchange Lead in POST, UK Parliament.

Sarah heads up Parliament’s Knowledge Exchange Unit (KEU): the team which enables and supports knowledge exchange between Parliament and the research community. Sarah and the Unit work with colleagues across Parliament, and universities and organisations across the UK, to increase and diversify the research that is available to and used by Parliament.

Sarah regularly advises on knowledge exchange and science advice both nationally and internationally, and has previously led multinational capacity building projects in these areas. Sarah has a PhD in European Sociolinguistics from the University of Exeter and a background in education.

Dr Steven Hill

Director of Research, UKRI

Dr Steven Hill

Steven Hill is Director of Research at Research England. Steven was formerly Head of Research Policy at the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE), and leads on all aspects of research policy and funding.

Steven is responsible for research funding, including quality-related funding (QR), general capital funding and the UK Research Partnership Investment Fund (UKRPIF). He also leads Research England’s research assessment and policy work, and is the chair of the steering group for the 2021 Research Excellence Framework (REF). Policy responsibilities include research integrity, public engagement and open research, and Steven contributes to debates and discussions at home and overseas on the enhancement and assessment of research impact. His team also includes Research England’s analysis function.

Dr Catriona Manville

Head of Policy, Association of Medical Research Charities (AMRC)

Dr Steven Hill

Dr Catriona Manville is Head of Policy at the Association of Medical Research Charities (AMRC). In this role, she oversees the range of policy topics the team cover, from research and funding to clinical policy. Her driving aim is to ensure the best possible environment for research to be conducted in academic and clinical settings in the UK and deliver high quality research and impact, with the ultimate aim of benefits to patients.

Prior to joining AMRC, Catriona was a Research Leader at RAND Europe, an independent not-for-profit research institute whose mission is to help improve policy and decision making through research and analysis. At RAND, Catriona led a large portfolio of research evaluation and research into societal impact, with a particular focus on evaluating national assessment systems. Clients included UK government departments, charities and industry, European institutions and other overseas governments. In addition, she has worked for NIHR in business intelligence, and the pharmaceutical industry in genetic toxicology. She holds a doctorate in biochemistry and genetics from Newcastle University.


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