Students Staff

27 October 2017

Research Information System (RIS) – impact module

Filed under: Latest news, Research impact — Communications, CER @ 10:49 am

Earlier this year we launched a new Research Information System (RIS) to collect information about publications by University researchers.  For those who are new to the University, and as a reminder to everyone else, you can access your profile for the RIS by visiting and login using your University of Essex login details. Guidance on how to use the RIS for publications is available on the RIS help page.

We have also been developing an additional Impact Module within the RIS to allow users to store impact information alongside publication details.

I am happy to announce that the Impact Module is now ready to use, and to invite you all to start uploading information about your impact.

Purpose of the Impact Module

The Impact Module is a repository for academic staff to store and track information about the impact of their research outside of the academy. Its purpose is to give you a place to record your impact when it happens and to update your Department, your Faculty, and the REO while minimising the need for meetings, emails, and monitoring forms.

The Impact Module will deliver important benefits which include:

  • Linking of impact and impact activities to underpinning research (publications) already stored on the RIS
  • A single place where researchers can manage the links between grants, projects, professional activities, teaching responsibilities, publications, public engagement activities, and impact to generate a narrative around the reach and relevance of their work
  • A platform in which REF submission and Impact Case Study monitoring can be managed with minimal re-keying of data or completing of forms.

Guidance for use of the Impact Module

To use any part of the RIS, including the Impact Module, visit and login using your University of Essex login details.

Guidance and help for using the RIS Impact Module takes the following forms:

Written step by step guidance: attached to this email and available on the RIS help page, linked here.

Video guidance: also available on the RIS help page, linked here.

In-person lunchtime drop-in sessions: for those who would prefer an in-person introduction to the Impact Module, the Research Impact Officers will be available in person for a hands-on introduction to the Impact Module. Lunchtime drop-in sessions will be held:

  • 1-2pm, Wed 25 October, IT Training Room (4SW 3.3)
  • 1-2pm, Wed 1 November, IT Training Room (4SW 3.3)
  • 1-2pm Wed 8 November, IT Training Room (4SW 3.3)
  • 1-2pm Wed 15 November, IT Training Room (4SW 3.3)

Contact the team: if you have questions about the Impact Module please contact me by reply to this email. Questions about the RIS not related to the Impact Module should be sent to

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