Are you wondering how important your impact case study is to the Research Excellence Framework (REF) score for your Unit of Assessment (UoA)? How does this compare to the importance of an output?

These are questions that I am often asked by researchers when I do workshops. The questions can also crop up when I have 1-2-1 video sessions with case study authors after I have critiqued their draft case study.

In this short video podcast, I explain how to do the simple arithmetic to work out the relative weighting of a single case study and a single output for your UoA. I use examples of a small and a larger UoA to do this.  I also explain how to work out how many case studies will be needed.

Many researchers are surprised by the contribution of a case study compared to an output!



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Jenny Ames had a 35 year career both as an academic and a senior university manager before establishing Jenny Ames Consulting Ltd in 2017. She has led on all aspects of research at faculty and university level. She was also founding Research Impact Lead for University Alliance.
Jenny is available to give talks, run workshops, lead brainstorming sessions and provide mentoring and coaching. She works with clients face-to-face and, increasingly, using virtual environments.
Jenny can advise on all aspects of REF 2021 preparations, and strategy development and implementation regarding research and cross-organisation partnerships. She also coaches researchers on a 1-2-1 basis or by group coaching. In addition she facilitates workshops for researcher development. She holds a Postgraduate Certificate in Coaching and Mentoring Practice from Oxford Brookes University and is a Member of the Association for Coaching (MAC).


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