Research Impact

Government and funding organisations generally expect researchers to be aware of the potential difference their research could make to society, to be able to articulate how impacts could be generated, to consider ways of accelerating such change, and to take account of benefits resulting from their research. The Research Impact Team supports researchers by providing advice on impact idea generation, planning,  execution, evidencing and reporting (such as the REF 2021).

Administered by the Research Impact Team:

These funding streams support activities that strengthen relationships with strategic external partners and maximise the potential for research impact in any sector with non-academic users of research.

Recent news from the Research Impact team

  • The Music in Virginia Woolf’s writing
    Professor Emma Sutton, of the School of English, is part of a long-standing tradition of critical and creative work on Virginia Woolf at St Andrews. Her research on Woolf and music has inspired creatives to pursue new musical and dramatic works, while arousing international interest in a writer who is often perceived as ‘difficult’.  Inspired by Woolf’s statement that ‘I always think of…
  • Challenging global energy use through online art
    The first of its kind in the world, the Centre for Energy Ethics brings together the arts and humanities with the social, natural and material sciences. The Centre aims to engage members of the public through initiatives like the virtual gallery, which is now open to the public.
  • 3-dimensional thinking: from its roots to universal influence
    The Thinking 3D project has changed perceptions of early modern printed books, and inspired museums around the world to experiment with how they share information.

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The Research Impact Team: Laura Bates and Euan Donohue
Please contact us if you have any research impact related query.


Administered by RBDC

Public Engagement related activities (full lists are available on the RBDC webpages): select University of St Andrews and use your University login details.

Other Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) opportunities

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.