“I found Stephen’s two day REF impact case study writing bootcamp very useful. While I have known about REF impact case studies for a number of years (having submitted one to REF2014), my eyes were opened to how to write them, in particular around asking “so-what?”, being specific, and obviously, focusing on the impact first and foremost! There was the right balance between formal presentations, group discussion, individual one-to-one advice with Stephen, and just getting on with focused undistracted writing. I felt I had already had a good draft of my impact case study, but it has been transformed through my participation in the bootcamp.”

Professor of Physics, Russell Group University

“Stephen’s feedback is very thoughtful, considered and detailed but above all constructive. Whilst the feedback makes it clear how a reviewer might perceive, (mis)understand or interpret elements of the application, Stephen then offers specific thoughts on how to address these issues structurally and in terms of content. I was surprised at the depth and overall understanding of my funding application demonstrated in his comments. They were substantive, motivating comments expressed with care and made me enthusiastic about improving the application as opposed to merely presenting ‘more work’.”

Dr Melanie Klinkner, Principal Academic in Law, Bournemouth University

“As Impact Champion for Modern Languages and Linguistics I can’t say strongly enough how much we have all benefitted from your input on all the various fronts on which you operate. Leading up to the last REF many of us struggled to get to grips with the demands of the impact agenda, but now thanks to you we have a much clearer sense of direction and purpose ahead of REF2021. I and my colleagues have found your encouragement and guidance inspirational and thanks to you I honestly think everyone now has a much more positive attitude towards impact.”

Professor Patrick Stevenson, Modern Languages and Linguistics, University of Southampton

“Stephen has supported Bournemouth University (BU) academics in applying for external research funding by running workshops and providing one-to-one support to applicants. His workshops are well presented and he is engaging and encouraging. He ensures a good group dynamic while also giving individuals his time during and after sessions. His knowledge of the research funding environment is exemplary and together with his clear and concise delivery, he is trusted and respected by attendees.

Stephen’s one-to-one support has involved reviewing applications for external funding. He not only provides feedback in terms of structure, content and wording to strengthen an application, he also follows this up with conversation and clarification via email or Skype. We are most grateful to Stephen for his expertise and support and recommend his services without hesitation.”

Jo Garrad, Funding Development Manager, Bournemouth University