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‘Understanding research impact: analysis of the REF impact case studies’ | Dr Steven Hill, HEFCE | 20 May, Nuffield College (17.00-18.30)


Delivering impact from research has become a central feature of the research policy landscape in the UK and beyond. In this seminar I will consider what is meant by ‘research impact’. I will argue that rather than attempting to define the term we should instead base our understanding on the actual practice of researchers to deliver benefits from their research. I will examine the impact case studies from the recent Research Excellence Framework (REF) as a source on which to build this understanding.


Steven Hill is Head of the Research Policy at the Higher Education Funding Council for England. Prior to joining HEFCE Steven was Head of the Strategy Unit at Research Councils UK, covering a range of research policy issues, and had several roles in the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, working on evidence-based policy making. Earlier in his career Steven was a university lecturer at the University of Oxford where his research focussed on plant physiology and biotechnology.


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