Research impact

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.

Administered by the Research Impact Team

Administered by RBDC

Public Engagement related activities (full lists are available on the RBDC webpages):

Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) opportunities:

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 Conversation team of professional editors work with university and research institute experts to unlock their knowledge for use by the wider public. More information / pitch and idea

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.

Timescale: ongoing  |  Contact:

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.

Research videos

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:

RCUK: What do Research Councils mean by ‘impact’?
ESRC: What is impact?

Examples of impactExamples

REF Impact

Pathways to Impact

Public engagementPulicEngage

Policy engagementPolicy

Industry engagementIndustry2

“Doing” impactJourneys

Collecting evidenceEvidence

Useful linksLinks