SGSSS Impact Competition 2023
We are delighted to announce the winners of the Scottish Graduate School of Social Science Research Impact and Knowledge Exchange Competition 2022
The SGSSS Impact Competition provides an opportunity to reflect on how your research can make a meaningful difference outside of academia.
Why get involved?
- Develop important skills identifying and articulating the impact of your research;
- Reflect on and celebrate the difference that you are making through your work;
- Win up to £500 follow-on funding to further develop the impact of your work!
What counts as ‘impact’?
The SGSSS defines impact using the terms of the ESRC, as the “demonstrable contribution that excellent research makes to society and the economy”. Impact is what comes from engaging collaboratively with different stakeholders about your research.
For the purposes of the SGSSS Impact Competition, this can include:
- An effect on, change or benefit to society and the economy. This includes a positive change on the activity, awareness, behaviour, capacity, opportunity, performance, policy, practice, process or understanding of key beneficiaries;
- The positive academic contribution that excellent research can make to the understanding and advancement of scientific method or theory across disciplines.
Who is eligible?
There are two categories, depending on your year of study. Any PhD social scientist in Scotland is eligible to apply for the relevant category, no matter how your research is funded.
- Planned impact: This is designed to showcase potential impact, based on your pathway to impact. This category is open for students in their first year of study (or part time equivalent).
- Achieved impact: This is designed to showcase impact that has already been achieved, at least in part. This category is open for students in their second or third year of study (or part time equivalent).
What does the competition involve?
There are two stages to the application process.
- First, a written application which is assessed by an expert panel.
- Then, successfully shortlisted applicants will be invited to create a poster and video. The winners will be decided through a public vote.
Successfully shortlisted candidates will be invited to the annual SGSSS Collaboration Showcase at the V&A Dundee.
Please only submit an application if you are able to commit to participating in both stages of the application process.
We are delighted to announce the winners of the 2023 SGSSS Impact Competition.
The SGSSS Impact Competition celebrates “the demonstrable contribution that excellent research makes to society and the economy”. PhD researchers submit examples of the impact that they have created, or plan to create, through their work.
Approximately 30 students applied to the Impact Competition in 2023, and 6 students were shortlisted across the categories “planned impact” and “achieved impact”. You can see the videos and posters for all shortlisted candidates below.
SGSSS received more than 1000 public votes to help us identify the winners. We awarded 1 prize for “planned impact” and, due to a tie, 2 prizes for “achieved impact”.
Winner “Planned Impact”: Arushi Mathur
Arushi’s project seeks to disrupt caste oppression in India by co-designing early years programmes that will develop critical consciousness around class oppression, at a time in a child’s development where caste oppression has generally been normalised and silenced.
Joint winners awarded for “Achieved Impact”
Laura Jones: Laura’s work aims to reduce stigma surrounding prostitution. Her research is co-funded by SGSSS, the University of Dundee, and Dundee City Council. Her work has led to the creation of Dundee Multi-Agency Guidance to support those engaged with commercial sexual exploitation. She will use this funding to develop case studies that will further tackle stigma and make a meaningful change to how people understand these issues.
Karen Fullerton-Chalmers: Karen’s research aims to better understand the experience of stalking victims, and how they are impacted by portrayals of stalking in the media. Her submission for the Impact Competition focused on the findings from her work with stalking victims, where she identified patterns in their experiences that were shared with the Scottish charity Action Against Stalking. Her findings enabled AAS to better triage support services, by understanding the barriers to people accessing support and the needs at different stages in their journey.
The winners each receive £500 of follow on funding to support their ongoing impact. Huge congratulations to our winners, and to all the shortlisted candidates.