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Supporting REF case study authors
Online course


Universities across the UK are identifying research that could become sufficiently significant and far-reaching to be submitted as a future REF impact case study. To support the development of these case studies, we are offering one-to-one sessions with researchers to:

  • Identify new pathways to impact, discuss how to prioritise different impact opportunities when time or resources are limited, and identify ways of increasing the effectiveness, efficiency or reach of impact generation activities

  • Make sure they have a credible plan for the generation of underpinning research for a future case study

  • Develop a strong monitoring and evaluation plan, ensuring relevant data is being collected early in the impact generation process, so they have sufficient data to corroborate claims in an impact case study



Researchers may bring team members, and professional services staff and other colleagues who want to learn from the process can join as observers.

All feedback is evidence-based, drawing on research Prof Reed conducted with Bella Reichard and others analysing REF2014 impact case studies and experience across the sector reviewing REF2021 impact case studies.

At busy times, Mark works with Bella Reichard to deliver this support. For a full package of support, Mark works with Prof Eric Jensen from Institute for Methods Innovation to provide impact evaluation services, giving you rigorous evidence to support impact claims.

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Half-day workshop (six one-to-one 30 min sessions) £1600 +VAT

If you are interested in training for case study authors, find out more about our preparing for impact in REF2028 course.


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