Published: 15 March 2021

Focus on ESRC IAA Manager, Dr Tamsin Woodward-Smith

Meet the University of Surrey's ESRC IAA Manager, Dr Tamsin Woodward-Smith.

As ESRC IAA Manager, Tamsin is responsible for ensuring delivery of the ESRC IAA’s objectives, and works with the ESRC IAA Project Management Board to design and support the funding, capacity-building and culture-change activities that the IAA provides. For more information on the ESRC IAA’s activities and the currently available funding and training opportunities for researchers.

She has said, “I’ve been working at Surrey since 2014, and am delighted to be involved with this project, which is such a fantastic opportunity for researchers in the social sciences. The ESRC IAA runs for four years, until March 2023, and we have lots of exciting plans to support impact generation, capacity building and skills development.

Our funding scheme is permanently open as a rolling call, and we would love to hear from you if you have an idea for an IAA-funded impact project. We are currently finalising our next year’s programme of training opportunities – keep an eye out for more details! We are currently delivering the Business Boost 2020 scheme in collaboration with the SeNSS DTP and the ESRC IAAs at the Universities of Essex and Sussex – if you’re a social science PGR or ECR interested in connecting or collaborating with business, you can find more information here.

Along with the wider ESRC IAA cohort, we are part of the Knowledge Mobilisers network for the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology (POST) and the Knowledge Exchange Unit (KEU) through which we receive information about opportunities to work with government and avenues to present evidence to committees and inquiries. The ESRC IAA is also pursuing other opportunities to help researchers connect with policy and industry, including facilitating membership of networks such as the Universities Policy Engagement Network (UPEN) and ASPECT (A Social sciences Platform for Entrepreneurship, Commercialisation and Transformation).”

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