ARC Discover

ARC Discover is for SHAPE (Social sciences, Humanities and Arts for People and the Economy) researchers looking to explore different opportunities for impact and discover potential audiences for their research. 

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ARC Discover


  • Learning Outcomes

    Understand the different opportunities for research impact and what success could look like, identify new audiences for your research, be well-prepared to apply to ARC Launch

  • Duration

    Two virtual workshops:
    Session 1: 1.5h
    Session 2: 2h

  • Eligibility

    Applicants must have a PhD or similar research or innovation experience and be based at an eligible UK research organisation

Programme details

ARC Discover is the first stage of the ARC Pathway and consists of two virtual workshops that allow you to explore different impact pathways, including commercialisation. You don’t need to have a specific idea yet in order to join and you don’t need to commit to research commercialisation at this stage.

After the two sessions, you will have a clearer sense of different impact options, the audiences involved and what success could look like. You will also be in an excellent position to apply to ARC Launch. 

The sign-up form with a list of upcoming cohorts can be found further down on this page. The workshops run year-round and are led by Dr Dave Jarman, Associate Professor of Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the University of Bristol.


Upcoming cohorts

  • ARC Discover cohort 7

    Cohort 7 (2024) Schedule

    Session 1: 15 April, 1.30pm-3pm
    Session 2: 22 April, 1.30pm-3.30pm

    Sign up here!

  • ARC Discover cohort 8

    Cohort 8 (2024) Schedule

    Session 1: 20 May, 1pm-2.30pm
    Session 2: 3 June, 1pm-3pm

    Sign up here!

  • ARC Discover cohort 9

    Cohort 9 (2024) Schedule

    Session 1: 24 June, 1pm-2.30pm
    Session 2: 1 July, 1pm-3pm

    Sign up here!

  • ARC Discover cohort 10

    Cohort 10 (2024) Schedule

    Session 1: 9 September, 1pm-2.30pm
    Session 2: 16 September, 1pm-3pm

    Sign up here!

  • ARC Discover cohort 11

    Cohort 11 (2024) Schedule

    Session 1: 7 October, 1pm-2.30pm
    Session 2: 14 October, 1pm-3pm

    Sign up here!

ARC Discover agenda

Session 1: Discovering Research Impact
In this short, introductory session, we will explore how your research can be developed for both impact and career progression. With examples of best practice, practical advice and general guidance, we hope to offer a useful starting point for any researcher.

Session 2: Discovering Your Audience
In this practical workshop, we will explore potential audiences for your research and think about how impact and value can be created and sustained for the benefit of all involved. 

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