N-trans online sandpit 2: Recognising & Developing Impact in Medical Research (Faculty of Medicine & Health Sciences)
Duration 4 hours
Training Points 2.0
Team Researcher Academy

This online course is run by the Researcher Academy 

The Researcher Academy courses are very popular and the majority are run in both semesters to give you the opportunity to attend at a time of the year that suits you. Semester 1 courses will be available for booking from the second week of October and Semester 2 courses from the second week of February. 

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 the pre-session tasks (duration 2 hours) in advance of joining the live sandpit (2 hours). 

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. Expected duration of tasks is approximately 2 hours. 
Please note this sandpit has been moved to an online environment due to the current Covid-19 situation. 
The sandpit will be interactive, with discussions and tutor-led delivery of course materials. 
Please note this sandpit has 2 training points allotted to it, which takes into consideration the pre-task and live sandpit time commitment 

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 
  • N-trans online sandpit 3: Funding focussed 

For details of the other sandpits, visit https://moodle.nottingham.ac.uk/course/view.php?id=79284  


The sandpit comprises 2 parts, 

  1. Pre-sandpit task: 2 hours in duration reviewing Impact posters  
  2. Live sandpit on 27 May 2021During the 2 hour sandpit attendees will actively discuss the pre-session task and should have both microphone/speaker functionality and ideally although not essential webcam. 

Booking Conditions  

Our webinars/ online courses are very popular, especially in the current period and we are experiencing large volumes of people on our waiting lists.   

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 this course has a pre-task (self-study of 2 hours) and the self-enrolment for the course's Moodle page will deactivate 2 hours prior to the scheduled live sandpit.  

This session may be recorded. If a recording is kept of the session, then please note, that it may be made available to the wider University of Nottingham researcher community. 


The scheduled timeslot is for the live section of the sandpit. The sandpit also includes pre-work, with associated deadlines.  

Please log in to Moodle (using the above link) as soon as possible to access the sandpit page for details about the pre-session tasks and sandpit programme.  

This sandpit’s self-enrolment link will deactivate shortly after the abstract submission deadline.    

LocationStart DateAll DatesTimesPlaces AvailableBook
Online Course27 May 202127 May 20219:30am - 11:30am0Add to Waiting List