Jennifer Chubb



  • 1999 - 2002: Bachelor of Arts (Hons) Philosophy, University of Leeds
  • 2010 - present: PhD, University of York


My research interests arise from my academic background in philosophy and ethics and my professional practice within Higher Education. I have worked for 8 years in researcher development roles within Higher Education at two Russell Group universities, prior to which I worked in music education. I have a particular interest in research policy, specifically research ethics and impact, and have delivered training and development activities in a variety of institutions, nationally and internationally.

My professional practice is enhanced by my research interests. My PhD explores the moral relationship between research and public duty; the philosophical dimensions of research communication. More specifically, I am interested in concepts relating to academic freedom, virtue ethics, responsibility and integrity within the context of the impact agenda. 




The research impact agenda and academics' perceptions on public duty: perspectives from the UK and Australia

The research impact agenda has ignited much debate in the academic community in the UK and elsewhere due to the inclusion of ‘pathways to impact’ statements in research funding applications.  In addition to this, HEFCE have introduced a 20% weighting on impact in the Research Excellence Framework exercise calling for evidence that funded research has made an impact on society and the economy. In Australia, the inclusion of these elements in funding proposals is less formalised, but it is starting to emerge as an increasingly important consideration in academic life with a recent trial also having taken place, which examined impact as an indicator of research quality. As the academic contract continues to change, and expectations around research impact evolve, understanding how academics perceive these changes can help influence issues of a practical, philosophical and political basis, pertaining to academic life.


Dr Paul Wakeling


Chubb, J.A. (2013) WUN (World University Network) Mobility grant (£2500). Data collection visit to Western Australia.



Chubb, J., Watermeyer, R. and Wakeling, P. (forthcoming, 2017) Fear and loathing in the academy? The role of emotion in response to an impact agenda in the UK and Australia. Higher Education Research and Development, 36 (3).

Chubb, J. and Watermeyer, R. (2016) Artifice or integrity in the marketization of research impact?: Investigating the moral economy of (pathway to) impact statements within research funding proposals in the UK and Australia. Studies in Higher Education.

Chubb, J. (2014).  How does the impact agenda fit with attitudes and ethics that motivate research? In P.M. Denicolo (ed), Success in Research: Achieving Impact in Research. (pp. 20 - 32). London: Sage.

Chubb, J. (2014). What skills are needed to be an impactful researcher? In P.M. Denicolo (ed), Success in Research: Achieving Impact in Research. (pp. 113-126). London: Sage.



Epistemic Value, Freedom and Accountability' Politics and International Studies Impact Conference, University of Warwick. 22 November 2016

Chubb, J.A. (2016) 'The Politicisation of Knowledge Policies: Actors in National Arenas​: ​Research with impact: Academic perspectives from the UK and Australia’ European Consortium for Political Research Conference, Prague. 10th September 2016

Chubb, J.A. (2015) SRHE Newer Researchers Conference paper accepted:  'Research with impact: Academic perspectives from the UK and Australia'. December 2015.

Chubb, J.A. (2014)  ‘Research With Impact’, Staff seminar, Edith Cowan University, Western Australia.

Chubb, J.A. (2014) ‘The Process of Collaborative Innovation: Planning a Pathway to Impact’. Keynote address at the ‘Inspire’ Inter- Uni Summer School Conference, Curtin University, Western Australia.

Chubb, J.A. (2014) ‘Pathways to Impact’. Seminar for Research Staff, University of Manchester.

Chubb. J.A. (2013) ‘Pathways to Impact’. Research Staff Conference 2014, the University of Manchester.

Chubb, J.A. (2013) ‘Perceptions of the impact agenda and barriers to engagement: interim findings’. Talk at UKCGE ‘Impact in Post graduate Education’ conference event at the University of Warwick.

Chubb, J. A. (2013) ‘Planning a pathway to impact’. Seminar at the University of Western Australia.

Chubb, J.A (2013) ‘Public Engagement – What’s in it for PGRs and HEIs?’ The National Coordinating Centre for Public Engagement and the SRHE, Postgraduate Issues Network hosted a joint seminar to explore the impact of public engagement on Postgraduate Researchers and their institutions. Talk given at the Society for Research into Higher Education, London.

Chubb, J.A. (2012) ‘Pathways to Impact in the Arts and Humanities’. One day seminar at the University of Western Australia.

Chubb, J.A (2012) ‘Pathways to Impact in the Sciences’. One day seminar at the University of Western Australia.


Teaching experience

  • Research Ethics and Integrity: 2010 – Present: University of York, Researcher Development Team
  • Introduction to Learning and Teaching: 2010 – Present
  • Research with Impact: 2010 – Present
  • Grant Writing: 2010 – Present
  • Public Engagement of Research: 2010- Present
  • Impact PGCAP: 2012- Present
  • Impact Research Leaders: 2012 – Present
  • Building External Partnerships: 2010 – Present
  • Enterprise and Knowledge Transfer training: 2007- 2010: University of Leeds, Staff Development Unit
  • Enterprise and Employability: 2004 – 2007, Leeds College of Music
  • PGWT for MA programme
    • MA Research Methods in Education (Seminars)
    • MA Summer Data Analysis Workshops (QUAL DATA)


Media, engagement and influence

My research has been covered in the UK by Times Higher Education and in several outlets in Australia.  My co-author and I have published a summary of our findings in the on-line magazine The Conversation.

The University of York News page created a page on the coverage.

The Australian Broadcasting Corporation ran an article and a radio feature on the topic, and there were features on MSN Network Australia and the Campus Morning Mail.

I was invited to write an article for the popular blog site Research Whisperer:


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