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Impact for REF

REF2021 definition of impact: "an effect on, change or benefit to the economy, society, culture, public policy or services, health, the environment or quality of life, beyond academia."

What are the main Units of Assessment (UoAs) for FBMH?

The University of Manchester made its REF submission to Research England on 24th March 2021.  The return included 2,400 eligible staff across 31 units of assessment (UOA), together with 5,200 outputs and 160 impact case studies. FBMH returned 714 staff, 1,661 outputs and 43 impact cases to Panel A, which comprises:

  • UoA1 - Clinical Medicine
  • UoA2 - Public Health, Health Services and Primary Care
  • UoA3 - Allied Health Professions, Dentistry, Nursing and Pharmacy
  • UoA4 - Psychology, Psychiatry and Neuroscience
  • UoA5 - Biological Sciences

The results of the REF will be announced nationally and internationally in April 2022 and the University will widely publicise the impact case studies submitted to REF. Between now and then by the University’s Communications and Marketing Teams will engage with impact case study authors and Knowledge Exchange and Impact Officers, to ensure that high quality promotional material, which clearly demonstrates the impact of the research, is ready for distribution (until the results are announced, the contents of the case studies are embargoed).

You can see examples of the impact of our research across UOAs 1-5 on our Impact of our Research page.

Guide to preparing a Research Impact Case Study by Helena Lenihan, University of Limerick – a guide on how to write a 4* impact case study for REF2021.

The Grammar of Impact – What can we learn from REF2014 about writing impact case studies?”  by Mark Reed (Fast Track Impact) et al, May 2020 – highlights the key lessons learned from high-scoring impact case studies in REF2014.

REF2021 - information concerning processes, guidelines, and criteria for the Research Excellence Framework.