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Humanities and Social Science PhDs: Make an Impact! February 8, 2012

Posted by qmresearchers in Academic Careers.

As many of you will know, there is an increasing pressure on Universities to look at the impact of their research. In March 2011, RCUK declared that the weighting of research impact in the Research Excellence Framework (REF) will initially be 20 per cent and will increase in the future.

How a University performs in the Research Excellence Framework (REF) determines the amount of funding that the University will receive in the future: so measuring impact will continue to be important. If you are interested in how the Research Councils are doing this to date, then it is worth looking at the recent impact reports here.

With the importance of impact in mind, I thought I would tell Social Science and Humanities Researchers about The Public Intellectual. This is a recently-released, online magazine seeking contributions from those wishing to ‘use their expertise to inform the most important ongoing cultural conversations’.

They are seeking essays, rather than research papers, on subjects covering civil rights, race, inequality, feminism, sexuality, immigration and more.

If you wish contribute to the impact that your research is having, raise your public profile and improve your CV, then have a think about contributing.



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