Making an Impact 2019 - Presentations and Reporting

Making an Impact 2019, evolved from Making an Impact Week 2018, provided a mix of external and internal speakers and facilitators to engage colleagues from the University in thinking about research impact – how it can be conceptualised, enriched, supported and sustained. The programme took place over seven weeks, with daily events, from 13 May to 28 June. On this page you can view the keynote talk given by Dr Ben Cowell, Director General of Historic Houses, other presentations given throughout the programme and reporting information.

The Fall and Rise of the Country House

The University of Liverpool’s Heritage Theme was delighted to welcome Dr Ben Cowell as its keynote speaker for Making an Impact 2019.

Dr Ben Cowell, Director General of Historic Houses, talked about his work as the champion of the nation’s country houses. For much of the 20th century the future for many houses looked bleak. Many of those that weren’t ‘saved for the nation’ by the National Trust faced a challenging set of conditions. Recent decades however have seen a country house revival. Business activity of all kinds is thriving on estates up and down the country. Ben talked about his experience of working with the owners and custodians of these important historic properties, and of the different ways they have found to ensure important historic houses continue to thrive in the 21st century.

View and listen to this talk which was introduced by Professor Anthony Hollander:

Order of play:
1. Introduction to Making an Impact 2019 and the University’s Heritage Theme by Professor Anthony Hollander, Pro Vice-Chancellor for Research and Impact (duration: 17 mins 50 secs)

2. Dr Ben Cowell presenting on 'The Fall and Rise of the Country House' (duration: 1 hr 15 mins) 

Tour of Sensor City: Inside a Global Innovation Hub

Sensor City enables industry and academic partners across a range of sectors to translate their innovative  concepts into commercially viable solutions. Existing companies and budding entrepreneurs are offered technical expertise, business support and the international platform needed to collaborate, fund and promote sensor solutions to a global market. Below is a presentation given during Making an Impact 2019 about the facilities offered to support researchers and academics to develop their research impact.

Tour of Sensor City: Inside a Global Innovation Hub presentation.


The Academy has produced an evaluation report following the end of the Making an Impact 2019 programme.

Download the Making an Impact 2019 Report.

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