Innogen Success in REF 2014
The Innogen Institute, based at the University of Edinburgh and the Open University, achieved excellent results in the latest UK research evaluation, called the Research Excellence Framework (REF).
Every six years, all academic disciplines are assessed, and in 2014, socio-economic impact of research was assessed for the first time, bringing outstanding impact results from Innogen research.
More than twenty-five Innogen-based active researchers were entered into the assessment in 2014, most into two disciplines: Sociology; and Anthropology and Development Studies. Innogen researchers made up 15 percent of the Sociology submission from the University of Edinburgh, which was the largest into Sociology in the UK. At the Open University, Innogen-based researchers made up more than 50 percent of its submission into Anthropology and Development Studies.
Using the power rating measure (the average grade of the submission times the number of researchers), the Innogen-based researchers, in these and other submissions, made up a power rating measure of well over 60, a very credible performance that will translate into significant funding for each institution over the next years.
The performance is all the more impressive in the context that Innogen is an interdisciplinary institute with staff from many disciplines, that have to be shoe-horned into the disciplinary boundaries of the assessment exercise.
And perhaps even more impressive, is the fact that Innogen research translated into seven of the Impact case studies assessed for the exercise: five in the University of Edinburgh and two in the Open University. It is not possible yet to get exact data on grades of particular case studies, but all case studies produced by Innogen researchers – submitted to three different discipline assessments – obtained either the top 4* (outstanding) or the next 3* (very considerable) rating.
Prof David Wield, 11 January 2015