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Review of the STFC-linked REF 2021 impact case studies

An analysis of the key themes arising from the STFC-related impact case studies submitted as part of the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2021 exercise.



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This report presents an analysis of the key themes arising from the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC)-related impact case studies submitted as part of the REF 2021 exercise. In addition, an illustrative example of an STFC-related impact case study is explored for each theme described in the report. The methodology used to identify the impact case studies attributable to STFC, and perform the analyses, is detailed in the appendix of this report.

The STFC-related impact case studies span a variety of disciplines and research programmes. These range from physics to history, and in many cases, the STFC-related impact case studies were jointly funded with another UK Research and Innovation council. The impact case studies also refer to STFC facilities, international facilities to which STFC subscribes, and campuses.

The impacts described in the impact case studies range from preserving King Henry VIII’s 500-year-old ship, to tackling peat fires in Indonesia. The impacts were widely distributed geographically, with impact case studies submitted from across the UK, and impacts realised globally. Collaboration internationally or with industry, or both, was a key theme in the majority of impact case studies. The impacts themselves were also varied, including new technology, positive environmental impacts, and public engagement.

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