Research Excellence Framework 2014: analysing impact case studies

Research and Innovation Development Office

Category: Research news

2 October 2014

A new project has just been launched to analyse the wider impact of research undertaken by UK universities.

Commissioned by Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) - in partnership with the Scottish Funding Council, Higher Education Funding Council for Wales, Department for Employment and Learning NI, Research Councils UK and the Wellcome Trust – the study aims to analyse research based on the 6,975 impact case studies submitted to the Research Excellence Framework (REF) in 2014.

The REF asked universities to submit case studies showcasing the impact of their research beyond academia. These studies helped to highlight changes and benefits to the economy, society, culture, public policy and services, health, the environment and quality of life.

The HEFCE project aims to:

  • make the impact case studies freely available in a form and format that will enable any researcher to carry out analysis
  • carry out a qualitative and quantitative analysis of the case studies, to gain evidence of the impact of higher education research on society.

The project will be carried out by Digital Science, a division of Macmillan Science & Education, working with its sister company Nature Publishing Group and the policy institute at King’s College, London. It should be completed in December 2014, with the results published by spring 2015 in the science journal, Nature.



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