Lessons from the REF

Date and Time: 
Thursday, July 14, 2016 - 10:30am to 4:00pm


Where? Main Hall, Woburn House conference centre, 20 Tavistock Square, London WC1H 9HQ

Cost? £120 including lunch

Aimed at: established and early career researchers; heads of department; staff supporting public engagement and coordinating REF/impact strategy

This interactive one-day session highlights key learning from NCCPE analysis of REF 2014 case studies and impact templates. Find out how public engagement fared in the REF and join us to explore what we can learn about how researchers made sense of public engagement as a route to impact. Building upon our findings, this session will open up a conversation about the ways in which the impact agenda has created a new sense of 'value' for public engagement activities – and significant financial incentives. How might we capitalise on this? How can we best frame the contribution and role of public engagement as a ‘pathway to impact’?

Topics will include:

  • Four star secrets from the case studies and impact templates – what did excellence look like?
  • Who are researchers engaging with and why? How are publics being defined?
  • What types of activities are being undertaken?
  • What is the role of intermediaries – like museums, the media and schools?
  • What is the relationship between Public Engagement and other forms of external engagement (e.g. policy engagement, knowledge exchange)?
  • What kinds of impact are being claimed and how are these being evidenced? 
  • How can we build on the lessons learned, and take our collective efforts to the next level?

The workshop will present an accessible framework for analysing impacts arising from public engagement, and provide numerous examples of excellent practice.

Please contact Claire (claire6.wood@uwe.ac.uk) with any questions.