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The 2014 REF results show only a very weak relationship between excellence in research and achieving societal impact

Woolley, Richard and Robinson-Garcia, Nicolas (2017) The 2014 REF results show only a very weak relationship between excellence in research and achieving societal impact. Impact of Social Sciences Blog (19 Jul 2017). Website.

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Abstract

Results of the 2014 Research Excellence Framework have, in some quarters, been interpreted as evidence of a direct relationship between the quality of scientific outputs and the degree of societal impact generated by researchers. However, such an interpretation, allied to definitions of impact such as that used by Research Councils UK, arguably promotes a stronger reading of the REF results whereby only excellent science leads to high-quality impacts. Richard Woolley and Nicolas Robinson-Garcia looked again at the relationship between the 4* components of evaluated scientific outputs and impacts and found a great deal of variation across all panels. It may be that it is this diversity and heterogeneity that constitutes the strength and vibrancy of UK university research.

Item Type: Online resource (Website)
Official URL: http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/impactofsocialsciences/
Additional Information: © 2017 The Author(s)
Divisions: LSE
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Date Deposited: 04 Oct 2017 09:56
Last Modified: 19 Sep 2021 23:38
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/83916

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