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Evidencing impact: a case study of UK academic perspectives on evidencing research impact

Wilkinson, Clare


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Clare Wilkinson
Associate Professor in Science Communication


© 2017, © 2017 Society for Research into Higher Education. The principle that research should demonstrate impact is now a central driver in UK research policy, with some describing the UK as having undergone a ‘culture change’ in regards to evidencing the value and contribution of academic research (Watermeyer, R. 2012. “From Engagement to Impact? Articulating the Public Value of Academic Research.” Tertiary Education and Management 18 (2): 115–30). This article takes a case study approach, examining one university faculty in depth in relation to research impact. Comprising an analysis of 18 Research Excellence Framework impact case studies submitted by the faculty in 2014, alongside a survey of 68 faculty staff and PhD students, and interviews with four research centre or group leaders, the case study explores the perceived benefits and challenges of evidencing research impact amongst a range of disciplines, as well as the ‘transferable’ skills which researchers utilise in evidence gathering.


Wilkinson, C. (2019). Evidencing impact: a case study of UK academic perspectives on evidencing research impact. Studies in Higher Education, 44(1), 72-85.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Jun 2, 2017
Publication Date Jan 2, 2019
Journal Studies in Higher Education
Print ISSN 0307-5079
Electronic ISSN 1470-174X
Publisher Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 44
Issue 1
Pages 72-85
Keywords impact, research, engagement, evidence, assessment
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Additional Information Additional Information : This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Studies in Higher Education on 16th June 2017, available online:


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