Saskia Walcott

Director of the professional development committee and Board Member of the Association of Research Managers and Administrators, UK Saskia has been a member of the ARMA Board since 2021. She chairs the Professional Development Committee, which is responsible for overseeing the relevance and quality of ARMA’s qualifications, training and conference. Saskia has worked in the UK higher education sector and with research and researchers for 20 years. She became Head of Communications and Public Engagement for the Economic and Social Research Council in 2003 and is now recognised as one the UK’s most eminent research impact practitioners, having worked in this emerging area of research support for 13 years. Saskia became an independent consultant in 2010 and has trained and mentored 100s of academics on how to embed impact in their work and worked with universities to develop their research impact strategies and plans. She has assisted with the development of 100s of REF impact case studies during REF 2014 and REF 2021 across units of assessment spanning all 4 main panels. Clients include universities in England, Scotland and Wales. In addition to working independently, Saskia has experienced in-house university positions: she was the interim Director of Strategic Engagement at UWE Bristol in 2017-2018 and Research Impact Manager at the University of Bath between 2014 and 2015. Prior to discovering the world of research management, Saskia’s career was in corporate public relations.
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