The impact from excellent research can be realised in many forms. It is the change, influence or benefit that occurs outside academia from research. It occurs when organisations, policymakers, communities or individuals use your research to address issues, improve public discourse and policies, health and well being or increase cultural capital or the economy.

Impact may not occur for many years after the research has been conducted, however early engagement with stakeholders can help accelerate the occurrence of any potential benefits. The University has a number of support mechanisms to help you to identify your stakeholders and create an impact plan; develop your Intellectual Property (IP); enhance your public engagement and record your impact on myPublications.

Professor John Derrick, Deputy Pro-Vice Chancellor for Research & Innovation,  discusses impact.

Your Faculty team provides support for academic colleagues who wish to engage with external partners; they underpin and facilitate knowledge exchange and impact between the University and external partners.

Impact is also of increasing importance to funders, in particular RCUK and HEFCE. Since 2007, RCUK has required researchers to describe the potential impact from the research and what will be done to enhance the likelihood of it being realised. HEFCE introduced an impact section to REF2014; the evaluation of Impact Case Studies (ICS) demonstrating the societal and economic benefit of research was worth 20% of the assessment.

Latest news:  

In September HEFCE published the Initial decisions on the Research Excellence Framework 2021. These high-level decisions are intended to provide clarity on the broad framework for the exercise, with the detailed guidance to follow in draft form during Autumn 2018.

HEFCE has also published a summary of the responses to the consultation.

For more information on the REF consultation see Impact and the REF section below or go to the RIS REF webpages.

Tools and guidance

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Impact and the REF

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Training and events

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Who to talk to

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These pages will be updated as more information emerges and our knowledge of REF develops. We welcome your suggestions for content - contact Cliona Boyle (Institutional Impact Co-ordinator) if you have suggestions for information to add. ( / 0114 222 7449)