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'Research impact' means research making a difference – beyond any academic borders, out in the society and world we all inhabit. 

The University of Glasgow has over 2,000 active researchers and a long history of achievement.    

Collaboration is a key theme of the University's Research Strategy 2020-2025 and lies at the heart of some of our strongest impact narratives. This approach echoes our institutional vision for changing the world, which emphasises the importance of working in partnership to address the challenges and needs of global society.   

Glasgow researchers are engaged and working at all scales, from neighbourhoods to nations, with the same degree of commitment. Our research and collaborative engagement has delivered and continues to deliver deeply significant change to communities bound by geography, interests, need, profession or other characteristics. The researchers have transformed debate, policy and practice, driven commercial and technological innovations and shaped new and deeper understanding across a range of fields and at every level— from local (working in communities or regions within a country or countries) to international (spanning multiple nations). We present just a few of our impact stories below. 


Glasgow researchers are encouraged to understand, articulate and plan for the potential impact of their work from its earliest stages, and engagement – consulting, communicating, collaboratingwith those communities who have a stake in trying to change things is at the heart of our impact narratives. We have a network of impact resource people spanning the Colleges and our central Research Services Directorate, working together on all aspects of impact support and recognition. For more information on how we support researchers to understand and drive change from their work, please click the link on the right.