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As researchers are increasingly asked to demonstrate different elements of impact of their research, identifying the potential areas of impact at the outset will enable better communication.

Identifying and refining potential research questions is a creative
process which is strengthened by considering the kinds of user /stakeholders who may be affected by the outcomes of the research as part of the idea

Design Thinking is a creative, action learning process with a focus on the
groups of people who will be impacted by the research. It is an open source
process, originally developed in Stanford, that has been heavily promoted and integrated into many areas of academic life.

This is a series of 3 linked lunchtime workshops which will use design thinking to help you to rapidly develop and test prototypes..

At the end of this participants will have: 

- Understood the principles and key steps in the Design Thinking process
- Practiced using the rapid prototyping process for generating and testing
research ideas
- Explored how to identify and interview potential user and stakeholder groups
- Practiced generating ideas around needs/wants of this user group
- Iterate and tested the prototype research question developed


Graduate research students and postdoctoral researchers. 




Anne Miller, MPLS Division


25th January - 1230-1400

8th February - 1230-1400

22nd February - 1230-1400



A1, D2, D3

The Researcher Development Framework (RDF) provides a framework for planning and supporting the personal, professional and career development of graduate students and research staff. See the following for more details:

Additional support for researchers

The Researcher Training Tool (click on Researcher Development)

Vitae (Vitae is a national organisation dedicated to realising the potential of researchers through supporting their professional and career development.)


Pleae book via the Researcher Training Tool (RTT).

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