REF Impact


What is Impact?

Over recent years the term ‘impact’ is being used more and more often, but what does this mean to you as researchers?

A broad definition of research impact is the change(s) and or/benefits as a result of a body of work. Impact is measured in terms of reach (number of people) and significance (intensity).

Definitions of impact for the REF2014 are available from: and examples of how these were applied to previous case studies can be found here.

If you are applying for a Research Councils UK grant, you should check out their definitions and pathways to impact guidance.

Liz Bonnett, DMU’s REF Officer (Research Impact) is here to support you with all things relating to impact and can be contacted at: