Impact Support

The College of Arts is actively seeking to maintain and expand our broad portfolio of research impact, by embedding impact more deeply into our research culture and providing effective support to all researchers who would like to develop their impact.

Helen Green is responsible for managing the College's REF Impact portfolio/pipeline and delivery of impact support.

Researchers can contact Helen by email or phone (x5606) to discuss:

  • Exploring the potential impact of your research
  • Accessing the appropriate resources to support you
  • Developing potential future Impact Case Studies
  • Gathering useful evidence to evaluate your impact
  • How to articulate and narrate the impact of research
  • Supporting other researchers with their impact

REF & Impact management

Helen Green is an archaeologist with a research background in cultural heritage policy and practice. She started working in impact initially in Archaeology, becoming the College of Arts’ Impact Officer in Sept 2018. Helen has worked on 40+ potential Impact Case Studies, bringing 28 to completion and submission in REF2021. Her work now focuses on growing and diversifying the College's portfolio/pipeline of Impact, providing effective support and further integrating impact as part of a positive research culture.

Key responsibilities:

  • Managing the College Impact Review Process
  • Managing the College Impact Mentor Network
  • Supporting researchers to maximise their impact potential 
  • Promoting a healthy impact culture and supporting impact
  • Advising academic areas on impact strategy 
  • Managing the College's REF Impact portfolio

College Impact Review Process

This is a process designed to robustly review and provide appropriate feedback on and support (including funding) for impactful research and activity. This is broadly (but flexibly) categorised into two streams:

A early-mid stage impacts: ongoing work that has strong impact potential. The focus is on identifying and targeting support needed - advice, funding and/or other resources - to help researchers realise that potential. 

B mature impact: work that may be ongoing but where at least some elements are complete. The focus is on tracking, articulating and evidencing impact that has occurred, and identifying further support needed. 

The Impact Review Process will be held twice per year with the first deadline at the end of March 2022, and feedback and funding outcomes known in May 2022.

Submission involves completion of a form with full support provided by the Impact Officer - please contact Helen Green for further information. 

Participation in this process will support researchers to:

  • Articulate their pathway from research to impact
  • Gather appropriate indicators and evidence
  • Identify other forms of support that would be helpful
  • Maximise the potential impact of their work

Impact Mentor Network

The new Impact Mentor role is an important leadership contribution, covering disciplinary areas across the College. The Network is a community of practice within the College of Arts, bringing together Impact Mentors with other Impact practitioners, including from other Colleges. 

The central areas of activity and responsibility of the role are:

  • Maintaining up-to-date Impact knowledge and expertise (especially through the bespoke CPD programme)
  • Knowledge exchange with other Impact Mentors and Impact practitioners (especially through the Network)
  • Supporting researchers interested in developing their impact (with the above two areas as a foundation)

The Impact Mentors and the Network play a crucial role in embedding impact more deeply in the College, contributing to our research culture by building our shared understanding of Impact, and linking researchers with approprate support. This in turn builds and deepens our capacity for achieving Impact, and contributes towards delivery of the UofG Research Strategy through supporting collaboration, creativity, and careers. 

We are seeking to expand the Network in the near future, and the role would present an excellent opportunity for researchers with a passion for impact in their disciplinary area. Please contact Helen Green or any Impact Mentor for further information.

Resources & contacts

Links to relevant University resources

Impact planning - getting started

External engagement guidance and resources

Public engagement guidance and resources 

Collecting evidence guidance 

Glasgow KE fund information

Glasgow KE Awards case studies and examples 

College KE Themes case studies and examples

Links to relevant external resources

REF2014 Impact Case Studies searchable database

[UofG REF2021 Impact Case studies will be published in summer 2022 - all are available on request to UofG staff - please contact Helen or your local Impact Mentor]

NCCPE (National Centre for Co-ordinating PE) Public engagement

SPRE (Scottish Policy & Research Exchange) Policy engagement 

LSE (London School of Economics) Blog on Impact


College Impact and REF Impact support: Helen Green

College KE and Impact support: Fraser Rowan

Glasgow KE fund applications: Fraser Rowan/Gordon Meiklejohn/Helen Green

Digital humanities/digital engagement: Luca Guariento/Fraser Rowan

University-wide Impact support: Rose-Marie Barbeau

PGR Impact support/KE & Impact repository: Bhoomi Gor

Public & Community engagement: Zara Gladman

Disciplinary Impact support: Impact Mentors (ask in your subject area)