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Impact Workshop (15): Impact and the REF

Date & Time:

March 8, 2017 (Wed) | 1:00 – 2:30 p.m.


Small Moot Court, Room 723, 7/F Cheng Yu Tung Tower, Centennial Campus


Professor Lindsay Farmer
Professor of Law, School of Law
University of Glasgow

This workshop is jointly organised by the Faculty of Law and the Knowledge Exchange Office.



This presentation will look at definitions of impact generally before focusing on the narrower definition of impact in the Research Excellence Framework (REF). I will explain something of the strategy adopted by the School of Law in preparing our return in REF2014, before finishing by drawing some conclusions based on our experience.

About the Speaker:

Lindsay Farmer joined the School of Law of the University of Glasgow in 1999. He studied law at the University of Edinburgh before doing an M.Phil. in Criminology at the University of Cambridge and a Ph.D. at the European University Institute in Florence. He has previously held teaching posts at the University of Strathclyde, and at Birkbeck College, University of London, where he helped establish a new LLB course. He has spent time as a visiting fellow at the Center for Law and Society in the University of California at Berkeley.

His publications include Criminal Law, Tradition and Legal Order. Crime and the Genius of Scots Law 1747 to the Present (Cambridge 1997); (with A. Duff, S. Marshall & V. Tadros) The Trial on Trial Vol.III: Towards a Normative Theory of the Criminal Trial (Hart Publishing 2007); and (ed. with M.D. Dubber), Modern Histories of Crime and Punishment (Stanford UP, 2007).

Lindsay is Editor-in-Chief of the journal New Criminal Law Review. He is on the editorial boards of Criminal Law and Philosophy, Law and Humanities, and Law, Culture and the Humanities. He was the REF Coordinator of his School for the UK Research Excellence Framework 2014.

Background on the Workshops:

Impact is a key element of the University's knowledge exchange (KE) strategy. It is also important to note that in the Panel-Specific Assessment Criteria for the UGC RAE 2014, all the Panels included under the "Esteem" measure some elements relating to KE/technology transfer. This suggests that the next Hong Kong RAE will likely require evidence of impact and the UK experience indicates that now is the time to start collecting evidence of such impacts.

The Knowledge Exchange Office is organising workshops to be conducted by researchers who have hands-on experience in preparing impact statements and impact case studies the UK Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014 or research councils overseas. The workshops will be of interest not only to colleagues who want to maximise the impact of their research, but also to those who coordinate research developments and research assessment in Faculties.

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