Investing in Impact

The University’s REF Impact Steering Group has approved a programme of co-ordinated support for impact case study authors, in the run up to REF 2021. Following on from an initial £100,000 impact acceleration fund in 2015-16, the group have approved the use of an additional £283,000, in externally secured funds, between 2018 and 2021.

The investment to support academic colleagues will be used to deliver: (1) an annual Research Impact Conference; (2) an extensive programme of impact workshops, including support from nationally-leading experts on REF impact; and (3) continued dedicated funding to develop individual REF impact case studies.


Celebrating Impact Conference

The inaugural Celebrating Impact Conference will present and celebrate the high impact research taking place at Keele. Attendees will not only hear directly from fellow academic colleagues, but will also have the opportunity to hear plenary talks by Catriona Firth, Deputy REF Manager at Research England, and Paul Manners, Director of the National Coordinating Centre for Public Engagement.

Thursday 21 June 2018, Keele Hall

To book your place, please complete this registration form.


Impact Development Programme

In Autumn 2018, Keele will launch a programme of workshops to support academic colleagues to develop impact case studies and impact of current and future research. Presenters will include Professor Mark Reed of Fast Track Impact, New Economics Foundation Consulting, Parliamentary Office of Science & Technology, Government Open Innovation Team and Saskia Walcott (formerly Head of Communications & Public Engagement for the ESRC).

Further information on these workshops, and details on how to book, will be available in the coming weeks.


Funding for Impact Case Study Development

In 2015-16 £100,000 of external funding was distributed to support impact development. During 2018-19, a second phase of funding for individual case study development, totalling £90,000, will be allocated to provide support to our academic colleagues to develop impact case studies for REF 2021 (£40,000 to be spent by 31 July 2018, and a further £50,000 to be spent between 1 August 2018 and 31 July 2019). This funding is available to both existing impact case study authors and any academic wishing to develop an impact case study for REF 2021.

Associate Deans and colleagues from the Partnership Team in Research, Innovation and Engagement (RIE) are currently working with prospective authors to draft action plans for impact case study development. Action plans will identify activities to support development of individual case studies. Expressions of interest in investment, based on these plans, will be considered by the REF Impact Steering Group and will consider:

  • Likely impact on development of the impact case study
  • Feasibility
  • Value for money

Authors of current or prospective impact case studies are invited to discuss Expressions of Interest with Partnership Development colleagues in their Faculty, to be completed by Friday 25th May 2018. Please contact the following member of the Partnership Development Team for your Faculty to discuss further:

Submissions will be assessed by the University's REF Impact Steering Group, which includes Associate Deans, Faculty Impact Leads and members of the Partnership Development Team in RIE already working with authors on the development of case studies.