Impact in the REF: Issues and Obstacles

Richard Watermeyer

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This article focuses on ‘impact’ as a new condition of research assessment for UK academics. It explores a history of resistance to an ‘impact agenda’ and how impact as a component of the Research Excellence Framework (REF) – a system of performance based funding – is viewed by academics as an infringement to a scholarly way of life; as symptomatic of the marketisation of higher education; and as fundamentally incompatible and deleterious to the production of new knowledge.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)679-700
Number of pages21
JournalStudies in Higher Education
Early online date4 Jun 2014
Publication statusPublished - 2014


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