Making research matter: the challenge of impact

Author Jenny Hawkins
Posted 2015.11.18

Professor Judith Smith Director, Health Services Management Centre, University of Birmingham has written a blog on the impact of research, and how to measure it.

In UK universities, the assessment of research quality and effectiveness – the Research Excellence Framework (REF) – is increasingly focusing on research impact alongside the more traditional appraisal via publications in the top-ranking academic journals.  As a recent returnee to university life (after seven years working in a charitable research foundation), I am struck by how many academics seem to find it easier to work out how to do the publications part of REF, and appear more reticent or even puzzled about how to achieve and demonstrate 'research impact'... Read more

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