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HEFCE Publishes Database of REF Impact Case Studies

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HEFCE has published a searchable database containing all of the 6,700 or so REF impact case studies. The database, commissioned by HEFCE and produced by Digital Science is available here:

The database coincides with the release of a report available here that is launched today at a conference being hosted by the Royal Society and HEFCE in London. Headline analysis in the report includes the following:

  • The societal impact of research from UK Higher Education Institutions is considerable, diverse and fascinating
  • The research underpinning societal impacts is multidisciplinary, and the social benefit arising from research is multi-impactful
  • Different types of Higher Education Institutions specialize in different types of impact
  • UK Higher Education Institutions have a global impact
  • The quantitative evidence supporting claims for impact was diverse and inconsistent, suggesting that the development of robust impact metrics is unlikely
  • The impact case studies provide a rich resource for analysis, but the information is collected for assessment purposes and may need to be aligned for analysis purposes

The analysis presented in this report was a collaboration between the Policy Institute and Digital Humanities at King’s College London.

HEFCE are also publishing an evaluation of how universities prepared their impact submissions for REF 2014. Available at:

Author: samgraymmu

Written by Impact and Engagement Manager at MMU

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