Research Impact

What is impact in research?

Excellent scientific research can impact, change or benefit the society we live in and our quality of life. We might see the impact in our economy, in our culture, our public policy or services, in health provision, or in the environment.

The importance of impact arising from high-quality research was recognised in the recent REF (research excellence framework) assessment. The Faculty of Health and Life Sciences submitted case studies covering a diverse mix of research from human medicine to drug discovery and therapy design, to health risk assessment policy and vaccine development.

These impact case studies were assessed by a panel that included expert 'users' of research from the private, public and third sectors. 80% of our studies were rated as having 'internationally excellent' or 'world-leading' impact.

Professor Linda King, Interim Pro Vice-Chancellor for Research and Knowledge Exchange, said: "The REF 2014 results were a reflection of the expertise and confidence of researchers from across Oxford Brookes. Our world leading experts are delivering ambitious and excellent research which is having a real impact in the UK and the wider world."

Our researchers collaborate with other researchers within the UK and across the world.

More details on the university's REF 2014 results can be found at

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