N-trans sandpit 2: Recognising & Developing Impact in Medical Research - Faculty of Medicine & Health Sciences
Duration 0.5 days
Team Researcher Academy

Target Audience: Postgraduate Research Students in the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences undertaking the N-trans training programme and ideally in the mid to latter stages of their doctoral studies. 

Research-only staff in the Faculty of M&HS may also attend these sessions. 

The N-trans training programme is convened by Researcher Academy on behalf of the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences. 


This N-trans sandpit focusses on the socio-economic and academic impact of clinically translatable research. 

To attend the sandpit, all attendees must complete any pre-session tasks in advance of joining the live sandpit  

What is translational research? 

Translational research is an approach to life sciences and biomedical research that is intended to accelerate outcomes applicable to healthcare. Translational research has its focus on removing barriers to multi-disciplinary collaboration. Translational research techniques allow physicians, physiologists and pharmacologists to utilise cross-disciplinary expertise to accelerate progress towards tangible healthcare outcomes. It is through the meaningful collaboration between clinicians, researchers and operational staff that research endeavour is most effectively apportioned to those with the most suitable expertise; an understanding of the possibilities, expertise and needs of adjacent disciplines is required to allow such fruitful cross-disciplinary research, and a common language assists in open communication. 

Sandpit 2: the impact of medical research 

The sandpit will be a forum for discussion on translational research with a particular focus on the socio-economic and academic impact of research. The sandpit will be streamed live via Microsoft Teams. 
Participants will be required to undertake several pre-session tasks with associated deadlines. The tasks will be available through this Moodle page and made available at the beginning of May. There will be several deadlines running up to the live sandpit. 

The sandpit will be interactive, with discussions and tutor-led delivery of course materials. 
There are three N-trans sandpits per year. It is recommended, to attend this sandpit in the mid-late stage of your doctorate when you have started to collect data/have a good understanding of your research project 

This sandpit is part of an annual series: 

  • N-trans online sandpit 1: Research presentations 
  • N-trans online sandpit 2: Impact focussed 



The sandpit comprises 2 parts, 

  1. Pre-sandpit task: 2 hours in duration reviewing Impact posters  
  2. Live sandpit on 15 June 2022, Engineering and Science Learning Centre and C09 in the ESGC 

Course Accessibility

The following table shows a summary of what is needed to participate in the course. 

If you feel you will experience any difficulties participating, please let us know via the ‘special requirements’ tab, providing as much information as possible. The special requirements tab can be completed when you book your place. Alternatively, you can contact us directly at

Access and/or complete self-study/ pre-course tasks prior to main session(s) on Moodle
Access Moodle for pre-task
Access MS Teams for live sandpit
Attend the sandpit at the specified date and time
Participate in several online platforms at one time
Use MS Teams chat box function during the sandpit
Engage with online materials
Watch and listen to the course tutor(s) and/or other attendees
Follow presentation slides during the course
Take part in group activities/ discussions

Booking Conditions  


Please do let us know if you would like to cancel your place on this course so we can offer your place to another delegate.  


Please note, attendances for courses will be recorded. There are no training points associated with courses run by the Researcher Academy.


LocationStart DateAll DatesTimesPlaces AvailableBook
15 June 202315 June 202310:00am - 2:00pm10