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ESRC Impact Acceleration Account

The Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) has awarded The University of Manchester over £1.2 million to deliver the Impact Acceleration Account (IAA) until 2019.

The IAA will be used to fund knowledge exchange activities to accelerate the impact of research in the social sciences from across the University.

The aims of the IAA are to:

  • increase knowledge exchange through staff exchanges/placements between the University and user organisations;
  • align external partners and academics strategically to extend collaboration and shape the research agenda, and influence policy and practice through relationship building;
  • provide training, workshops and tools development to extend the University’s culture of engagement into new and innovative areas;
  • provide flexible and innovative opportunities for researchers to translate research into practice.

Case studies

Migrants' Rights Network

The University of Manchester, in partnership with the Migrants’ Rights Network, is investigating the routes to migrants becoming undocumented and suggested policy reform to address the challenges in the current immigration system.


Greater Manchester Waste Disposal Authority

Greater Manchester Waste Disposal Authority (GMWDA) is England’s largest waste disposal authority. It provides the region with a world-class, environmentally sustainable solution to its 1.1 million tonnes of waste produced each year.


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