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Fast Track Impact

88 EpisodesProduced by Mark ReedWebsite

The podcast for researchers who want to be more productive and achieve real-world impacts from their research. Every week, Mark Reed gives you practical tips and discusses how you can enhance the impact of your research, based on the latest research.

88 Episodes | 2019 - 2022

Episode 21. Tackling the root causes of people-pleasing and perfectionism

June 30th, 2022

41:41

Why do we say "yes" to things we later regret, or struggle to share early drafts of our work with collaborators? Why we get upset when colleagues …

Episode 20. Leadership for impact (part 5): the radical transparency, humility and presence of empathic leaders

June 23rd, 2022

24:11

In this episode, Mark considers the difference between influential versus manipulative impact, and shares insights and practical tips that can help …

Episode 19: Why ECRs are leaving academia, and what we can do

June 16th, 2022

39:46

This week, Mark interviews Dr Katerina Cidlinska from the Institute of Psychology at the Czech Academy of Sciences about research she conducted …

Episode 18: Why every researcher needs a coach

June 10th, 2022

41:23

In this episode, Mark is joined by Dr Joyce Reed, health coach and CEO of Fast Track Impact, to talk about the transformative power of coaching for academics, and how it can increase both productivity and resilience. …

Episode 17: How to write an impact strategy

May 26th, 2022

41:53

Mark interviews Saskia Gent (Insights for Impact) and Jennifer Locket and Dawn Ashby (Plymouth Marine Laboratory) to learn from research that reviewed over 70 impact strategies from around the world. The research …

Episode 16: How to avoid your research generating "grimpact"

May 19th, 2022

45:47

Mark interviews Professor Gemma Derrick from University of Bristol about her work to understand the characteristics and drivers of negative …

Episode 15: Leadership for impact part 4 - the influence of empathic leaders

May 12th, 2022

24:46

This week, Mark concludes his series on empathic leadership for impact by considering evidence from studies of expert negotiators that suggests empathic leaders can be significantly more influential. As he revises the …

Episode 14: Leadership for impact part 3 - being an expert at finding expertise

May 5th, 2022

28:26

In this episode, Mark discusses how leaders that want to facilitate impact need to cultivate bridging expertise to bridge ideas and networks, …

Episode 13: Leadership for impact part 2 - the purpose of leaders who facilitate impact

April 28th, 2022

37:44

In this episode, Mark discusses how leaders need to have a deep understanding of their impact, to be authentic and therefore be able to connect empathically with their teams, drawing people to impact.


Read the blog …

Episode 12: Leadership for impact part 1 - introduction to empathic leadership

April 21st, 2022

42:49

In this episode, Mark looks at a range of leadership models and discusses the sort of leadership needed to drive impact, drawing on his new book, …

Episode 11: Transforming the impact culture of an entire University from the bottom up - interview with Ged Hall about their Building Impact Momentum programme

March 31st, 2022

43:31

This week, Mark interviews Dr Ged Hall about an innovative rolling 3 month programme for researchers to build skills and community around impact, …

Episode 10: How Universities can disrupt "old power" hierarchies to drive social change - interview with Jonathan Grant

March 24th, 2022

52:11

Following his Reading Group appearance earlier this month, I'm interviewing Professor Jonathan Grant about his new book, The New Power University. …

Episode 9: Building impact capacity

March 17th, 2022

52:11

In the fourth and final episode that includes an audio chapter from his new book, Impact Culture, Mark discusses how to build capacity for impact, …

Episode 8: Finding your impact community

March 10th, 2022

1:13:33

In the third of four episodes that include audio chapters from his new book, Impact Culture, Mark discusses the importance of working strategically …

Episode 7: Purpose for a healthy impact culture

March 3rd, 2022

42:58

In the second of four episodes that include audio chapters from his new book, Impact Culture, Mark discusses some of the literature on purpose, and …

Episode 6: Impact culture - how you can get involved in the book launch and community of practice

February 24th, 2022

24:34

My new book, Impact Culture, is released on 25th March, and this is your opportunity to join the launch team and get involved in the impact culture …

Episode 5: The research that underpins your impact culture

February 17th, 2022

45:10

In the first of four episodes that include audio chapters from his new book, Impact Culture, Mark introduces the first of four components of a …

Episode 4: Staying resilient in the transition back to in-person work - interview with Dr Joyce Reed, health coach and Managing Director of Fast Track Impact

February 10th, 2022

35:05

In this episode, Mark is joined by his wife, Dr Joyce Reed, former hospital doctor turned health coach and Managing Director of Fast Track Impact. They talk about some of the hopes and fears of returning to in-person …

Episode 3: Extreme coproduction

February 3rd, 2022

32:27

In this episode, Mark delves into some of the assumptions and world views that can prevent us doing research that is genuinely coproductive. He draws on a realisation that some of his own early work was far from …

Episode 2: 5 lessons to co-produce impact when you have limited time

January 27th, 2022

30:30

This week, Mark shares his top 5 lessons for co-producing impact with limited time, based on his forthcoming book, Impact Culture

  • Find out who’s …

Episode 1: What is your impact culture?

January 20th, 2022

32:44

In this episode Mark introduces Season 4, discusses why we need to think harder about the culture in which we do our work, and unpacks what a …

What made a 4* case study in REF2014? Discussion between Mark Reed and Bella Reichard

February 24th, 2020

1:27:48

Bella Reichard and Mark Reed discuss how their new paper analysing high- versus low-scoring impact case studies from REF2014 can be used to write more effective case studies, drawing from their experience advising …

What made a 4* case study in REF2014? Paper reading (part 2)

February 24th, 2020

48:41

Bella Reichard and Mark Reed read from their new paper analysing high- versus low-scoring impact case studies from REF2014.

What made a 4* case study in REF2014? Paper reading (part 1)

February 24th, 2020

1:04:18

Bella Reichard and Mark Reed read from their new paper analysing high versus low-scoring impact case studies from REF2014

Getting your most important work done

February 12th, 2020

33:45

This week, Mark asks how you can make room for the most important work of your life. What priorities most authentically express your identity and …

Using a policy seminar to establish relationships and build long-term pathways to impact

December 15th, 2019

15:54

In a bonus episode this week from the climate conference in Madrid, Mark provides a worked example of how to use a policy seminar to generate and …

Evidencing impact (part 2)

December 11th, 2019

59:25

In this second part of his episode on evidencing impact, Mark reads the final sections of his forthcoming co-authored paper, describing five types …

Evidencing impact (part 1)

December 4th, 2019

54:19

This week, Mark reads from his forthcoming co-authored paper on evaluating impact, providing new definitions of research impact, reach and impact evaluation, an overview of national impact evaluations around the …

Advanced stakeholder analysis

November 30th, 2019

45:20

Take your understanding of publics and stakeholders to a new level with the 3i's approach. This week, Mark introduces a new Fast Track Impact guide …

How to deal more effectively with conspiracy theorists on your pathway to impact

November 18th, 2019

35:19

Many of us encounter individuals with deeply held convictions that run directly counter to all the evidence we know as researchers. It is easy to dismiss conspiracy theorists as crazy or irrelevant, but when we do so, …

7 things we could all do that would instantly improve our career

November 11th, 2019

45:14

When did you last think about what you could do to enhance your career, make things easier for yourself or enable yourself to do new and exciting …

Celebrating your unsung impacts

November 5th, 2019

22:23

Announcing the winner of the Unsung Impacts prize! Listen to inspiring impacts that will never be celebrated by any University, based on the entries to the Fast Track Impact Unsung Impact Prize 2019. Read the article …

Generating significant and original research using the poet Keats’ creative process

October 9th, 2019

33:26

We’re all familiar with the publish or perish mantra, but for many of us it is less about the number of publications we produce, and more about their quality. The need for rigour goes with saying, but we are all …

Is your disciplinary label holding you back? How to re-invent your career to find and express your authentic self

September 29th, 2019

36:58

How do you introduce yourself to others, and what do the labels you choose say about you? How do these labels influence how others perceive you? In this episode, Mark explores the many labels we can all choose from …

Managing competing goals to maintain motivation and productivity

September 18th, 2019

44:28

Few of us have enough time to do all the things that are expected of us, and when we have more goals than we can achieve we will trade them off against each other in different ways. When we get it wrong, this can lead …

Too much of a good thing: can too much trust and privilege be bad for impact?

August 12th, 2019

35:07

Interview with Bec Colvin and Chris Cvitanovic from Australia National University about their work with policy on climate change and first nations …

Evidencing Impact from media engagement (part 2)

July 8th, 2019

32:58

This week Mark interviews Yamni Nigam, Professor of Biomedical Sciences, and Clare Lehane, Impact Support Officer, at Swansea University, about how Yamni got her research on maggot therapy for wounds featured in four …

Evidencing Impact from media engagement (part 1)

July 1st, 2019

19:17

This week Mark discusses three ways you can evidence impacts arising from media coverage of your research, with a particular focus on understanding …

Podcasting for Impact: interview with Prof James Daybell from Histories of the Unexpected podcast

June 26th, 2019

39:56

Have you ever thought about starting a podcast? This week, Mark talks to an academic whose podcast gets 1.5 million downloads a year and has spun …

Increase the likelihood of your evidence being taken up by policy: interview with Rosmarie Katrin Neumann

June 22nd, 2019

35:47

Rosmarie Katrin Neumann talks about her PhD research on science-policy exchange, explaining how you can increase the likelihood that evidence from …

Valuing failure (Part 2)

June 22nd, 2019

28:11

This week, Mark continues to reframe failure as something that deeply affirms our values and leads to greater meaning and contentment. In part 2, he thinks about how we step back, withdraw from the fight and change …

Valuing failure (Part 1)

June 22nd, 2019

28:23

This week, Mark explores how you can reframe the failures and rejections that are part of everyday academic life as something that deeply affirms our values and leads to greater meaning and contentment. In part 1, he …

Personalised impact training: interview with Emma Sutton, Davina Whitnall and Sandy Sparks

June 22nd, 2019

38:27

This week the podcast showcases a personalized​ approach to impact training being pioneered by Universities of Salford and Warwick. Find out how researcher development and impact teams can co-produce training to meet …

Using social media to build engagement throughout the research process - interview with Jane Mills and Jasmine Black

June 22nd, 2019

26:14

This week Mark interviews Jane Mills and Jasmine Black from CCRI at University of Gloucestershire about how they are using social media to generate research impact. They discuss how to build stories and engagement …

Creativity from dark places - how to find new depths of creativity by seeking challenge, procrastination and the irrational

June 22nd, 2019

45:20

This week Mark considers how we can harness creativity in the research process to derive original insights, and shows how some of the best new ideas arise from the greatest personal and professional challenges. He …

Managing power in meetings and workshops: Part 2

June 22nd, 2019

47:13

In this second part, Mark discusses a range of practical methods for managing power in meetings and workshops, including methods for opening up the discussion and exploring, methods for analyzing​ and methods for …

Managing power in meetings and workshops: Part 1

June 22nd, 2019

31:03

How to make meetings and workshops with stakeholders and colleagues safe, fun and productive. This week, Mark explains how you can identify and …

Impact is a state of mind: interview with Saskia Walcott

June 22nd, 2019

20:54

This week, Mark interviews Saskia Walcott, an independent impact expert who has helped researchers generate and evaluate their impact for over 15 years. In this interview, she talks about her research on perceptions …

The Productive Researcher: a day in the life...

June 22nd, 2019

1:01:32

This week, Mark gives us an insight into two days of his working week, to illustrate how he puts the lessons from his book, The Productive …

3 ways to overcome imposter syndrome

June 22nd, 2019

48:46

This week Mark shares three ways to overcome imposter syndrome, based on his own experience battling feelings of inadequacy as a researcher. The …

Research into Policy Part 3: Practical skills to inform and influence

June 22nd, 2019

46:28

This is the third and final part of Mark's series of episodes on getting research into policy, and the last episode of 2018. Building on the ethics …

Research into Policy Part 2: Getting heard is easier than you think (interviews with researchers and policymakers at the 2018 UN climate summit)

June 22nd, 2019

50:09

In the second of this three-part series on getting your research into policy, Mark interviews a researcher who ended up leading a country's …

Research into Policy Part 1: Four reasons you may be inadvertently manipulating rather than influencing policy

June 22nd, 2019

46:25

This week, Mark considers the moral premise of responsible policy engagement and discusses four ways that researchers often inadvertently lose the …

Learning about impact from your teaching and evaluating pedagogical impacts

June 22nd, 2019

30:51

This week, Mark considers how you can learn from your experience in the lecture theatre to become more effective in your generation of impact, and how impact can inspire better learning and teaching. He also considers …

How to write more competitive impact sections in your next grant proposal

June 22nd, 2019

1:03:12

This week, Mark draws on his experience writing bids, as a reviewer and on funding panels, to explain how to write the impact sections of a grant proposal. Funders are increasingly expecting researchers to consider …

How authentic are you as a researcher?​

June 22nd, 2019

58:29

This week, Mark considers how researchers can become more authentic, and how this can reduce the likelihood of imposter syndrome and help you grow in confidence. To do this, he discusses the daily practice of letting …

Practical advice on "co-producing" research with the people who will benefit: interview with Dr Karen Laing

June 22nd, 2019

28:14

This week, Mark interviews Karen Laing, Senior Research Associate and Co-Director of the Centre for Learning and Teaching at Newcastle University. Karen has been studying co-production manuals and is developing her …

Tinder for researchers? Ideas from the Royal Society Research Culture Conference

June 22nd, 2019

21:51

On Monday this week, Mark was at a Royal Society conference on changing research culture, where he was awarded a prize for changing research …

Learning to love what you do, and doing less to be more - lessons from training with The Productive Researcher one year on

June 22nd, 2019

28:11

This week, Mark revisits his most recent book, The Productive Researcher, published a year ago this month. As he has taken the book on the road over the last year, he has been challenged by numerous questions and …

Transformative and disruptive impact. Part 2 - for you as a researcher

June 22nd, 2019

28:44

In this episode, Mark explores how you can become more resilient as a researcher, using grant and publication rejection and workplace bullying as …

Transformative and disruptive impact. Part 1 - for your research

June 22nd, 2019

43:03

This week, Mark asks questions that can enable you to achieve impacts from your research that disrupt old ways of doing things and lead to …

How to create a positive research impact culture in your group

June 22nd, 2019

57:41

This week Mark looks at emerging evidence that the impact agenda is creating institutional cultures that can lead to unintended negative outcomes. …

The power of story to construct a pathway to impact that can inspire change

June 22nd, 2019

38:10

This week Mark shows how you can use seven elements of powerful stories to plan for and create impacts that engage and inspire. He uses examples …

What is impact? My two super-clear definitions and new checklist

June 14th, 2019

34:40

In the first episode of Season 3, Mark shares two new definitions he has developed that will enable you to become crystal clear about what impact …

The challenges and benefits of generating impact during your PhD

June 14th, 2019

32:08

In this final episode of the second series, Mark interviews Dr Jenn Chubb about how students can generate impact during their Ph.D​. This is a critical look at both the benefits and the challenges of working with …

The Productive Researcher is published on 11th October-update

June 14th, 2019

36:15

This week, Mark updates on progress towards publishing The Productive Researcher, which is out on 11th October.


Read more about the process of self-publishing the book.

Collaborating with the creative arts to generate impact

June 14th, 2019

33:18

This week, Mark interviews Sarah Cook from University of Dundee and Liz Oughton from Newcastle University to explore the potential for researchers …

Working with business for impact

June 14th, 2019

28:51

This week Mark interviews researchers who have gone from having no experience working with business to working closely with industry to realize​ …

Getting support to empower your impact: an interview with Ged Hall

June 14th, 2019

25:51

Mark interviews Ged Hall from The University of Leeds to find out how researchers can get support from professional services staff and other researchers to empower them to achieve impact. Whether you are a researcher …

Motivation Part 2: The radical thinking you need to get focus and work-life balance

June 14th, 2019

28:12

This is the second week that Mark is reading from his forthcoming book, The Productive Researcher. In this episode, Mark explains how researchers can reconceptualize​ themselves to sharpen their focus and get better …

What makes stakeholder and public engagement work?

June 14th, 2019

49:57

In this bonus episode, Mark talks about his latest paper, "A theory of participation". Although rooted in research on the environment, the paper …

Motivation Part 1: How to significantly increase your motivation and become a more productive researcher

June 14th, 2019

37:38

This week, Mark explores the factors that increase motivation so you can become more productive in your work and find time and energy to generate more impact. This is based on an excerpt from his forthcoming book, The …

Creative ways to evidence your impact

June 14th, 2019

33:33

This week Mark looks at a variety of ways you can collect evidence to demonstrate whether or not your research has had (or is having) impact. This …

Social media: four questions that will help you stop wasting time and start driving impacts online

June 14th, 2019

38:20

In this week's episode, Mark discusses four questions that can help you develop a social media strategy that can efficiently drive impact from your research. You don't have to write anything down - if you can answer …

How to get more from your digital footprint without risking your time or reputation

June 14th, 2019

33:48

In this episode, Mark discusses how researchers can get more out of their digital footprint, enhancing both their research and impact, without spending too much time or risking their reputation. In this episode, he …

Doing public engagement for impact

June 14th, 2019

30:18

In this first episode of the second series,​ Prof Mark Reed discusses how to do public engagement or impact, not just for the hell of it. A lot of …

The future of research impact: from the ARMA 2016 conference

June 14th, 2019

32:02

In this episode, Mark is at the ARMA 2016 conference (Association of Research Managers and Administrators) to hear what leading thinkers think about the future of research impact. He interviews Phillip Ward from the …

Common motives for researchers to engage with the impact agenda

June 14th, 2019

31:40

In this episode, Mark explains the three most common motives for researchers to engage with the impact agenda. He then provides tips on how to translate these motives into priorities that can drive action.

Stop wasting your time online: get a social media strategy

June 14th, 2019

30:36

In this episode, Mark walks you through seven questions that will give you a social media strategy to power your research to impact:

  1. What do you …

How to become influential on social media: in conversation with @CECHR_OuD

June 14th, 2019

24:12

In this episode, Mark interviews the brains behind @CECHR_OuD to reveal how she reached 87,000 followers in four years, currently growing at 150 …

Finding your research impact success network

June 14th, 2019

14:46

In this episode,​ Mark discusses how you can build a network of people who can empower you to have the impacts you want.

Working with knowledge brokers

June 14th, 2019

20:11

In this episode, Mark interviews Rosmarie Katrin Neumann about her work as a knowledge broker​ and asks if we might all as researchers, be able to do more to act as knowledge brokers.


Find out more about Rosi's work or

What is motivating people to engage with your research

June 14th, 2019

15:41

In this episode, Mark explores the range of reasons why people engage with research.


He describes research in which he asked the​ people who had engaged with researchers what had motivated their engagement, and these …

How to write a book in a week (and a sneak peak behind the scenes of writing the Research Impact Handbook

June 14th, 2019

19:09

In this episode, Mark gives you a sneak peek behind the scenes of his new book, The Research Impact Handbook​ and tells you how you can write a …

Eight questions to envision your impact

June 14th, 2019

25:29

In this episode, Mark presents eight powerful questions that will enable you to envision the impacts your research might have. Whether you already …

Five ways to fast track your impact

June 14th, 2019

30:37

In this episode, Mark shares five ways you can enhance the impact of your research. He illustrates each of the five principles with practical suggestions about ways you can generate impacts from your research.​

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