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Research Office

Impact Statements: Guidance

Impact Plans: Pathways to Impact

The Research Councils want to actively encourage researchers to be involved in thinking about how they will achieve excellence with impact and to explore the pathways for realising the impact.

The implementation of Academic Beneficiaries, Impact Summaries and Pathways to Impact (formerly known as Impact Plan) within the Research Council application and assessment process aims to aid this.

RCUK have developed a toolkit about Impact Plans and now provide a single point of access to Research Councils UK (RCUK) guidance and resources for completing the Research Councils Je-S application form and understanding the pathways towards economic and societal impacts. The RCUK pages include the following pages and resources:

Why do RCUK consider demonstrating and maximising the impact of research to be significant?

What do RCUK mean by 'impact'?

Pathways to Impact: RCUK expectations and policies

RCUK Guidance for completing the Pathways to Impact

HEFCE, RCUK and UUK joint statement on impact

What do RCUK mean by ‘impact'?

Research Councils UK describe impact in the following ways... (click image above)