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The Impact Agenda and Beyond

  • Carolyn KaganEmail author
  • John Diamond
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Part of the Rethinking University-Community Policy Connections book series (REUNCOPOCO)

Abstract

In this chapter we explore in more detail the role that the impact agenda might play in advancing university–community engagement. We outline how pathways to impact has become part of the bidding process for research funding and how ‘impact’ now has its own system of recognition and reward. In looking at university–community engagement beyond impact, we foreground the important role that Research Councils play in facilitating and catalysing community-engaged research. In particular the recent cross Council programme of Connected Communities has enabled paradigms of community-engaged work to shine at a time when research priorities for higher education are moving ever closer to Government.

Keywords

Pathways to impact Co-impact Impact awards Connected communities ESRC AHRC 

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Copyright information

© The Author(s) 2019

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PsychologyManchester Metropolitan UniversityManchesterUK
  2. 2.Edge Hill UniversityOrmskirkUK

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