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Research Assessment

Our consultants are highly experienced in supporting research evaluation, including the UK Research Excellence Framework (REF), the Hong Kong Research Assessment Exercise (RAE), and an institution-wide evaluation at the University of Gothenburg in Sweden, Research Evaluation for Development. We use this expertise across a range of REF-focused workshops and support for both case study authors and senior teams.

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Supporting impact case study authors

Our consultants and associates have experience in assisting REF case study authors. Whether ensuring case studies adhere to eligibility rules and submission guidance, identifying areas for further development, advising on evidence collection, or more traditional copyediting, our consultants can help authors maximise their chances of a 3 or 4 star case study.

REF Impact – supporting senior teams

Before a REF case study gets off the ground, it requires strategic development by senior teams. Our consultants offer several services to assist teams in this work, including using WCL’s framework for case study evaluation and progression to provide a health report on your REF case studies and pipeline, shortlisting assistance, and long-term mentoring to help whole cohorts of case studies to progress in impact maturity over the REF cycle. We can also facilitate REF mock review panels to provide external reviews of impact case studies and impact and engagement statements.


REF case study assessment tool

Our REF case study assessment tool provides impact leads with a defined framework to assess their impact pipeline. The tool is a standalone product that teams can use to input and manage their data, or as part of a broader support package. A good communication tool to explain decision-making, it enables a logical impact pipeline assessment that can be used to focus limited resources.

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How we've helped institutions with market-leading impact submissions for the REF

Saskia provided the case study authors with invaluable advice on how to articulate the impact and how to use narrative and evidence to best effect.

University of Hong Kong

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