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Impact – Bath Spa University

At Bath Spa, we aim to produce and disseminate research that inspires change beyond academia.

Our researchers are actively engaged in producing innovative work that shapes our understandings of the past and contributes important insights into the modern world.

By working closely with policymakers, museums, heritage bodies, educators and media organisations, we aim to use our research knowledge and expertise to make a difference to the world outside academia.

Examples of public engagement

Public lectures and workshops
  • Professor Iftikhar Malik is a prolific speaker who has presented his research at numerous venues across the globe, from the British Museum, Southbank Centre and Foreign and Commonwealth Office in London to prestigious educational institutions in Pakistan, Finland, Greece and Uzbekistan. 
  • Dr Olivette Otele has presented her research at a variety of public events organised by, for example, the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Royal African Society and the International Slavery Museum.

Our researchers also discuss their findings at regular public lectures in central Bath

Media appearances
Advising policymakers
  • Professor Iftikhar Malik has advised diplomats and policymakers on Muslim radicalisation and often participates as a subject expert in special briefing workshops organised by the Foreign Commonwealth Office. 
Writing for blogs, websites and online magazines

Our researchers have written articles for The Conversation, the Muslim Institute and openDemocracy, and have been interviewed by History Today, and Folha de S.Paulo.

They have also contributed to and helped to develop websites for the Cromwell Association, the Changing Feel of Smithfield project and the SLAFNET European project.

Organising conferences and exhibitions
Community activities
  • Dr Olivette Otele is a consultant for the South Wales Racial Equality Council and has advised the Newport and District Refugee Group and the Pillgwenlly Local Partnership Board.
  • Dr Cassie Newland is involved in organising the 'Big Dig' in Midsomer Norton, during which families and residents conduct an archaeological dig in a bid to discover medieval Midsomer Norton.

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