The results of REF2014 suggest that Politics and International Studies is one of the most ‘impactful’ disciplines in higher education, belying fears that only STEM subjects would achieve true, auditable, impact. 73% of the impact case studies submitted was judged to demonstrate ‘outstanding’ or ‘very considerable’ impact in terms of their reach and significance. But, in the eyes of some academics, impact is still the devil we don’t know, and it is clear that there is much room for debate about what impact actually means for the discipline. With preparations for the next REF already underway, this is an opportune moment to have a profession-wide discussion about impact, with contributions from political scientists, funding bodies, HEFCE, and a broad range of other non-academic constituencies.
Questions that will be considered include:
We also invite posters that showcase impact work, provided there is a clear focus on distilling ‘lessons learned’.
We are particularly keen for posters that look to broaden our understanding of what impact can entail, by moving the frame of investigation beyond the policy arena to consider other avenues for impact, such as ‘campaigning for social change’, ‘challenging conventional wisdom’, and ‘creating cultural artefacts’.
If you are interested in submitting a poster, please contact C dot Moran at warwick dot ac dot uk.
It is anticipated that selected proceedings from the event will be published in a special issue of the journal British Politics, published by Palgrave Macmillan.
Conference rates (all rates exclude overnight accommodation)
OPTION 1: Day 1 - £95 (includes lunch & conference dinner)
OPTION 2: Day 2 - £65 (includes lunch)
OPTION 3: Both days - £130