Improve REF 2021 Preparations With Impact Science

The Client

London South Bank University is one of London’s largest and oldest universities. Established in 1892, it has been providing vocationally relevant, accredited and professionally recognised education to over 18,000 students drawn from over 130 countries. In November 2016, LSBU was named the Entrepreneurial University of the year at the Times Higher Education Awards. It has invested resources in supporting its research impact and its submission to the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2021.

The Challenge

Like other universities in the UK, London South Bank University was deep in the throes of its preparations for REF 2021. The REF and impact team at LSBU contacted Dr. Iain Coleman, Research Engagement Manager at Impact Science, to provide a set of impact case study reviews.

Scope Of Work

LSBU wanted an independent external assessment of their draft case studies, drawing on the expertise and experience of Impact Science, to supplement their own support of their case study authors. The reviews were carried out to LSBU’s specification, and covered the following criteria:

Key Outcomes

The case studies covered a range of Units of Assessment, and were in varying states of maturity. LSBU found the detailed feedback and suggestions for further action valuable enough that they soon ordered another, larger batch of case study assessments.

The REF and impact team at LSBU said “As we move into the critical period of our REF submission, the reviews conducted by Iain have not only given us a fantastic insight into the strengths of our Impact Case Studies, but they have also provided detailed, tailored and realistic advice on areas to improve. The reviews proved to be exactly what we were looking for and were delivered comfortably within our required timeframe.”

The Eye Of Impact Science

Impact Science has the expertise to conduct rigorous and constructive reviews of case studies, provide action plans to further develop the impact, and edit case studies to make them as strong as possible. Further, Impact Science has the resources to handle large numbers of case studies with a rapid turnaround, and expert quality control to ensure excellent results. With REF 2021 approaching, Impact Science could make the difference between case studies achieving 3 and 4 star ratings, or falling below the funding threshold.

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