The participation in research of members of the public, users and beneficiaries plays a central role in the delivery of impact.
If excellent research depends on the right culture, perhaps this should be the aim of research strategies.
Research challenges often need to draw on the work of different disciplines, and dual support funding supports investments which make this possible.
There is considerable, and mounting, evidence that investment in university research makes a difference outside of academia. The impact that such research has is diverse, and depends on a diverse array of disciplinary knowledge.
The case for public investment in research depends on the notion that society broadly benefits from the research and researchers that are funded.
A slew of evidence shines a light on how productivity benefits from investment in research, and reveals a word with many meanings.
Steven Hill looks at how far strong academic submissions to the REF coincide with a strong impact on society.
What are the implications of the HEFCEmetrics review for the next REF? It is easy to forget that the REF is already all about metrics of research performance.
The review of metrics enjoins universities not to drift with the ‘metric tide’. To do so requires a united front of strategic leadership across the sector.
Ahead of Research Impacts: Evidencing the REF Dr Steven Hill, Head of Policy Research, HEFCE explores some of the issues raised following the publication of the assessments.