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THE POLITICS AND INTERNATIONAL STUDIES IMPACT CONFERENCE

April 7, 2016

THE POLITICS AND  INTERNATIONAL STUDIES IMPACT CONFERENCE, 22nd to 23rd November 2016

The University of Warwick

The results of REF2014 suggest that Politics and International Studies is one of the most ‘impactful’ disciplines in higher education, belying fears that only STEM subjects would achieve true, auditable, impact. 73% of the impact case studies submitted was judged to demonstrate ‘outstanding’ or ‘very considerable’ impact in terms of their reach and significance. But, in the eyes of some academics, impact is still the devil we don’t know, and it is clear that there is much room for debate about what impact actually means for the discipline. With preparations for the next REF already underway, this is an opportune moment to have a profession-wide discussion about impact, with contributions from political scientists, funding bodies, HEFCE, and a broad range of other non-academic constituencies.