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Impact Looks Different Across Disciplines So Let’s Acknowledge That

Drawing on a linguistic analysis of REF Impact statements from 2014, Andrea Bonaccorsi, highlights key differences between statements being made by scholars in STEM and SSH disciplines and suggests differences in the causality of impact between the disciplines warrant a reconsideration of how these statements are produced and judged.

7 months ago
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Gender Plays a Role in Research Impact and Assessment

Drawing on evidence from qualitative datasets, comprising interviews with researchers and research impact evaluators, Jennifer Chubband Gemma Derrickargue that the language of research impact and assessment is frequently structured along gender lines.

2 years ago
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The A to Z: Tips for Writing an Impact Case Study

With submission to REF 2021 now less than two years away, university staff and academics are stepping up work to present their best examples of research impact. Sally Brown has compiled this useful A to Z to form compelling impact case studies.

3 years ago
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How Social Media Was Cited in Impact Case Studies?

In their previous Impact Blog post, Katy Jordan and Mark Carrigan considered whether institutions have invested too much hope in social media as a solution to the problem of demonstrating research impact. Here they report on research analyzing how social media was cited in impact case studies submitted to the UK’s REF 2014.

3 years ago
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Stern Review: The REF and the Damage Done

The new report of the REF from Lord Stern hopefully may shift the spotlight away from individual researchers themselves and onto the organizational practice of their universities, argues Richard Watermeyer.

5 years ago
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The UK’s HE Landscape in the Wake of ‘Knowledge Economy’

The new government report ‘Succeeding as a Knowledge Economy’ takes forward most of the ideas about improving teaching at Britain institutions of higher education already found in a green paper published in November 2015. So what does this new report tell us about the future?

6 years ago
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Did the REF Ultimately Measure Who Got Most Grant Money?

If the funding allocated to universities on the basis of the REF is correlated to the amount of grant income universities already receive, what is the point of the output assessment process? Jon Clayden suggests this apparent double-counting exercise is not the best we can do.

6 years ago
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Report: Metrics Not Mature Enough to Replace Peer Review

A new report looking at the role of metrics in analyzing British academe finds, ‘A lot of the things we value most in academic culture resist simple quantification, and individual indicators can struggle to do justice to the richness and diversity of our research.’

6 years ago
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