Armed with a degree in French from the University of Edinburgh, Sarah has enjoyed a richly varied career ranging from translation and interpreting in the construction and chemical industries, through academic publishing and the Civil Service Fast Stream, to change management in local government.


This wide-ranging career path equipped her with an unusual combination of skills and experience that stood her in excellent stead when she became Impact Consultant at the University of Sheffield in early 2012, one of the first purely ‘impact’ roles to be created in the UK academic sector.


She has spent the last six years supporting Sheffield academics across all faculties in their dealings with impact, watching the landscape grow and evolve. She survived the steep learning curve of REF2014 and has been leading on the selection, development and evidencing of the University’s impact submission for REF2021 as well as helping to guide the direction of spending of HEIF and IAA funds.


She set up 4 Star Impact in 2018 to meet the growing need for experienced and knowledgeable impact advice and support across the UK research sector.



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