Part of the REF involves measuring the impact of your research as a case study
This is defined as the effect your research has on the economy, society, culture, public policy, health, the environment or quality of life outside of academia. Think about the significance and the reach of your research; it may have a significant effect on a small or local scale, which may then reach a wider audience.
You collect evidence of impact in the lead up to the REF to build your case study - which may be on a Unit or institutional level. You may also wish to continue collecting evidence of impact from research you submitted to the previous REF. You can also collect impact for other reasons outside of REF.
The Research Service can help you with ensuring your research is Open Access and REF eligible. Symplectic has provision for you to capture and annotate your impact and connect with your colleagues. For more information, see our online guide or contact us.
Impact varies by subject area and the nature of your research; for specific support please contact your Director of Research.
For the next REF in 2021 you may need to demonstrate the impact of your research using a case study. We have not yet been advised of the final details or what form these case studies will take.
For the previous REF in 2014, case studies were described as:
An impact case study is a four-page document, describing the impact of research undertaken within the submitting department. It also contains information about the research that underpins the impact that took place.
You may wish to consult the 2014 REF case studies database and regulations:
For advice, please contact your Director of Research.