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Professor Paul Cooke

Leeds-HKU Conference: Moving Beyond Research to Engagement and Impact

Speakers and Panelists

Professor Paul Cooke

Professor Paul Cooke
Pro-Dean for Research and Innovation, Faculty of Arts, University of Leeds

From Corroborating Impact to Evaluating Research


This presentation will outline the changing ways in which the Faculty of Arts at Leeds has responded to the impact agenda, since it was introduced as a criterion of assessment by both HEFCE and RCUK. It will highlight some of the challenges we faced during the REF2014 assessment period of having to find corroboration for research retrospectively and how we are currently attempting to effect a culture change in which the development and corroboration of impact is integrated into the normal cycle of research. In the processes we are seeking to foster a holistic approach to the evaluation of research.


Professor Paul Cooke is Pro-Dean for Research and Innovation in the Faculty of Arts and Director of the Centre for World Cinemas at the University of Leeds. He has been involved with a number of public engagement and community-based coproduction projects and oversaw the Faculty of Arts submission to REF2014.

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