Impacts of research demonstration reports by the Russell Group Universities; how serious case based advocacy can be effective

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The Russell Group represents 24 leading UK universities with the best research, excellent teaching for British and international students, good business and public sector links.


Higher education is unquestionably one of the sectors where the UK can point to success on a global scale. The Russell Group represents institutions which are pioneering some of the most exciting and ground-breaking research being conducted anywhere in the world.

Research has an impact on all of our lives in every area from business and industry to healthcare, technology and culture. But its impact is sometimes hard to predict and research currently underway in our world class-universities has the power to transform radically our society in ways none of us can imagine.


 “Impact is the demonstrable contribution that excellent research makes to society and the economy. Impact embraces all the extremely diverse ways in which research-related knowledge and skills benefit individual, organisations and nations by:

– fostering global economic performance, and specifically the economic competitiveness of the United Kingdom

– increasing the effectiveness of public services and policy

– enhancing quality of life, health and creative output.”


Mechanisms that universities use to deliver research impact:


Research may be translated into social, cultural and economic benefit when there are connections between individual academics and potential users of the research. Universities need to be proactive in building and

facilitating such relationships. Russell Group universities offer a broad range of creative schemes and employ a number of different mechanisms to facilitate the exchange between researcher and user, including:

– engaging directly with the public, business and policymakers

– formal partnerships and collaborations with other universities, business and communities, to generate and disseminate excellent new ideas, knowledge and discoveries

– engagement with partners at a local and regional level, whereby Russell Group universities contribute directly to the prosperity of communities and regions throughout the UK

– through global and interdisciplinary networks, through which Russell Group universities address global challenges and have considerable reach.


The reports are here:


The Russell Group represents 24 leading UK universities which are committed to maintaining the very best research, an outstanding teaching and learning experience and unrivalled links with business and the public sector.

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About Wilfred Mijnhardt
RMIMR is my virtual playground, a place to reflect on issues from my professional context, my job as Policy Director at Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (RSM). RSM is the international university based business school at Erasmus University Rotterdam. More info here: Here is my list of relevant publications on the topic of my RMIMR weblog: The rss feed for my RMIMR collection is here: Here is my other weblog on impact of research:

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