The Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE), Research Councils UK (RCUK) and Universities UK (UUK) have issued a joint statement highlighting the continuing importance of the impact of research and making a commitment to developing common frameworks. Both the REF (undertaken by HEFCE) and the Research Councils place a strong emphasis on the impact of research.
Their key aims are:
- ensuring that their approaches to supporting knowledge exchange are joined up
- securing greater impact from publicly funded research whilst ensuring their funding policies are complementary and work coherently together
- ensuring that their monitoring, assessment and evaluation as well as the collection of statistical data from HEIs is proportionate.
- supporting the training of new researchers, at both PhD and post-doctoral level, to ensure that they acquire the skills and expertise needed to maximise the impact of their own research.
The full statement is available on the RCUK website.