Building impact cases: Reflections on an impact case study submittedto REF2021 and looking towards REF2029

Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk


The session concentrates on details of a 4-star impact case submitted to REF2021, a case based on research leading to improved trade union capacity to represent the interests of neurodivergent members working in the UK's transport
industry. Key stages involve: how it began, the "underpinning research", actual impact, gathering of corroborating evidence, writing up the impact case, and lessons learnt. In parallel, James will discuss details of an emergent impact case, based on research-informed trade union organising, organising designed to overcome recent restrictive legislation aimed at undermining the organisation of industrial action, a fundamental basis for collective bargaining, the means by which millions of UK workers depend on to defend or enhance terms and conditions of employment.

The session appeals to anyone interested in learning about the full range of activities associated with building, evidencing and finalising an impact case, as it gives prominence to the fundamentals of such activities, rather than subject or specific details.
Period12 Jan 2024
Held atSchool of Social Sciences
Degree of RecognitionLocal


  • Impact
  • Engagement
  • Presentation
  • REF2029
  • Trade unions
  • Neurodiversity
  • Organising
  • Trade Union Act 2016