Patient & Population Health and Informatics Impact Awareness event

The Patient & Population Health and Informatics (PPHI) theme in the College of Medicine held an Impact Awareness day on 18 March at the King Arthur, Reynoldston, Swansea

This event was organised by Professors Helen Snooks and Sinead Brophy to help raise awareness and understanding of impact and to identify potential impact case studies for the Research Excellence Framework exercise in 2020.

All staff across the PPHI theme were invited to participate in the day’s presentations and discussions about how our research makes a difference and how we can best demonstrate this.  The event was attended by 95 delegates.

PPHI Group









Head of College, Professor Keith Lloyd opened the event with a talk about the importance of Impact and the REF.

Professor Lloyd said "The Research Excellence Framework 2014 has  ranked Swansea University as  a top 30 UK university in terms of research excellence and impact. The College of Medicine was ranked equal first in the UK for its 100% world class research environment and second overall in the UK for research quality and our impact cases were all international or world class too. We should all celebrate these achievements."

Professor Keith Lloyd opens the event

PPHI Event Keith Lloyd









This was followed by presentations from Professors from the PPHI theme on opportunities to identify, discuss and develop impact case studies for the next REF and for use with funders and policy makers.

Amongst the speakers, Professor Helen Snooks emphasised that “impact is an increasingly important factor in determining reputation as a College and University – vital for the recruitment and retention of high quality staff and students”. Professor Snooks added that “researchers have a responsibility to seek to make a difference through their work, given that many grants are from public funding”   


PPHI Speakers









The afternoon session involved interactive discussion groups with delegates split into groups  organised around the following themes

  • How do we demonstrate our impact?
  • What systems and support are needed for gathering evidence and impact?
  • How do we set out to increase our profile and increase our impact?
  • What are the barriers to impact and how should we overcome them?
  • Thinking outside the box – what are the wider impacts of our research?

Interactive sessions

PPHI Seminars









Professor Gareth Jenkins, Head of Research in the College of Medicine closed the event summing up the importance of keeping impact as a high priority as we move forward and said “we are delighted with the levels of enthusiasm and the attendance that this impact away day generated. It is an excellent start for our REF2020 plans and it highlighted the issue of research impact to a very wide audience”.

For any further information on this Impact Awareness day please contact Anne Surman on