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REF 2021: Improved impact ‘a success story for REF’

Assessment-panel chair says framework has helped embed impact in university culture

The practice of ensuring that research has impact is now “much more firmly embedded” in university culture as a result of the Research Excellence Framework, according to one of the REF 2021 panel chairs.

Dinah Birch, chair of the REF arts and humanities panel and pro vice-chancellor for cultural engagement at the University of Liverpool, said the increased focus on the impact of research was a “success story” for research-assessment exercises.

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