Watch: Short Films, Big Impact

18 Jul 2014

See how our academic research and engagement with the local community is benefiting society in our collection of short films.

Short Films, Big impact: Bringing research to life through storytelling
Short Films, Big impact: Bringing research to life through storytelling

‘Short Films, Big Impact: Bringing research to life through storytelling’ was an ambitious six-month project, funded under the Economics and Social Research Council’s Impact Accelerator Accounts, to highlight research groups at Manchester who are demonstrating social impact.

Through a series of eight short films, we tell the stories of how Manchester research groups have demonstrated social impact, covering themes of social inequality, education and employment, and showcasing collaborations between the University, third-sector organisations and local communities.

Some of the projects that feature in the films include our Directorate of Human Resources’ award-winning ‘The Works’ initiative, research carried out by the Centre on Dynamics of Ethnicity, and Manchester Institute of Education’s work with local schools.

Short Films, Big impact: Bringing research to life through storytelling

Bringing research to life through storytelling was the key driver for The University of Manchester’s bid to the Economics and Social Research Council Impact Accelerator Account pilot projects.

Jackie Carter, who led the project, said: "Short Films, Big Impact was an opportunity to bring the important findings of research groups at the University of Manchester, and the work of the Human Resources directorate, to wider audiences.

"We hope that these short films will reach as wide an audience as possible, so that the public, policy makers and practitioners can learn about our work, how it impacts on the local community, and its potential for application beyond Manchester. I hope they inspire others to capture their research in engaging ways and to communicate why research matters."

You can find out more about the project at the Short Films, Big Impact website and on the project blog

You can also keep up to date with developments with the project on Twitter (SFBI@Manchester).

Contact us

To get in touch, please contact:

Dr Jackie Carter – Project Director
email jackie.carter@manchester.ac.uk