Magazine article The Times Higher Education Supplement : THE

Ding Dong: Impact 'Chaos' Lurks on the Doorstep: News

Magazine article The Times Higher Education Supplement : THE

Ding Dong: Impact 'Chaos' Lurks on the Doorstep: News

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The incorporation of impact into the research excellence framework risks undermining the collaborative approach that is needed for its maximisation, an academic has warned.

Paul Manners, associate professor of public engagement at the University of the West of England and director of the National Co-ordinating Centre for Public Engagement, told the Future of Impact conference, held in London on 10 April, that he had been struck by new guidance by the Office for Fair Access on widening participation.

According to Mr Manners, the Offa document, How to Produce an Access Agreement for 2014-15, published in January, shows that universities "have been chasing the wrong things".

"We have chosen to chase individual students (with) bursaries and have created a competitive culture between universities.

"My worry about the REF is that I don't want us to go down the same kind of route (with impact) and end up emphasising... competition rather than collaboration," he said.

Impact will be worth 20 per cent of the scoring in the 2014 REF.

Mr Manners said that a competitive approach would be to the "long-term detriment" of efforts to "collectively build much greater public value". …

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