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Impact pilot exercise

During 2010 the REF team ran a pilot exercise to test and develop proposals for assessing the impact of research in the REF.

The pilot exercise involved 29 UK higher education institutions submitting evidence of impact to be assessed by pilot expert panels in five REF units of assessment.

Outcomes of the pilot exercise

The key findings of the pilot exercise were published in:

Following the completion of the pilot exercise, the four UK higher education funding bodies announced their decisions on the assessment of impact in the REF (REF 01.2011).

Further information

Example pilot case studies from Clinical Medicine

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Example pilot case studies from Physics

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Example pilot case studies from Earth Systems and Environmental Sciences

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Example pilot case studies from Social Work and Social Policy

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Example pilot case studies from English Language and Literature

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Impact Pilot Steering Group: terms of reference and membership

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Guidance on submissions for institutions participating in the pilot

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Supplementary notes on guidance on submissions for participating institutions

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REF impact pilot: revised case study template and guidance July 2010

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Participating institutions and units of assessment

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Guidance to the pilot expert panels

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Summary of workshops on the impacts of research in the practice-based creative and performing arts, the humanities and social sciences

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