REF2021 NEWS: the final ‘Guidance on submissions’, ‘Panel criteria and working methods’ and ‘Codes of practice guidance’ were published on 30 January 2019.
For the purposes of the REF, impact is defined as an effect on, change or benefit to the economy, society, culture, public policy or services, health, the environment or quality of life, beyond academia.
Impacts will be assessed in terms of their ‘reach and significance’ regardless of the geographic location in which they occurred, whether locally, regionally, nationally or internationally.
There are two questions that we continually need to ask ourselves: ‘what is the change I am seeking to make?’ and ‘so what.. why should anyone care? and what happened as a result?’ If we can clearly define and answer these for ourselves, we stand a better chance of defining it for others, and taking steps to truly understand our impact.
Slightly altered Copy from: http://blog.hefce.ac.uk/2017/02/09/research-is-all-about-impact-2/
The Conversation: current calls for contributions are circulated to relevant Schools/Dept as they come in
The Conversation is an independent source of news and views, sourced from the academic and research community and delivered direct to the public.
The new Insights Team will start publishing long form articles in the new year, derived from interdisciplinary research, with each story published alongside a major media partner. What interdisciplinary research projects are coming to fruition in 2019 at your university? Are there teams of interdisciplinary researchers who haven’t yet been introduced to The Conversation? Please get in touch to let us know or find out more about the Insights Team’s plans.
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Administered by the Research Policy Office
- The University of St Andrews KE & Impact Fund 2018-19
Open for contingency and rapid response requests only.
Check back later in the summer for a new deadline schedule.
- EPSRC Impact Acceleration Account (IAA) 2017-2020
- Scottish Funding Council (SFC) Global Challenges (GCRF) FY 2018-19
Administered by RBDC
Public Engagement related activities (full lists are available on the RBDC webpages): http://www.researchprofessional.com/funding/search/43281590
Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) opportunities: http://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/researchfundingsupport/newsandevents/globalchallengesresearchfund/
The Health Foundation has developed an online communications toolkit to help health and healthcare researchers (though most of it is relevant to any researcher) increase the influence and impact of their work.
- Section 1: Planning for impact will help you plan your communications activity and focus your communications on where they can make the most impact.
- Section 2: Communicating your research results will help you adapt and present your findings in order to engage different audiences.
- Section 3: Extending influence and widening impact will help you understand how to engage three of the key audiences for research dissemination and achieve impact on policy and practice.
- Section 4: Glossary of terms provides an explanation of the terms used in this toolkit.
Find out about research videos and some of the research recently undertaken by academic staff in this series of short videos. You can also view several business engagement and company formation videos which represent projects that were supported by our 2013-2015 EPSRC Impact Acceleration Account.
Research Impact@St Andrews showcases a range of impact enabled by research at the University of St Andrews in areas such as: