Research policy refers to the interface of academia and public engagement to affect meaningful and positive social change. This entry focuses on research policy for higher education in the United Kingdom specifically. It begins with a microhistory of public engagement, which has been identified as a precursor to impact and an impact agenda for UK higher education. It then visits three empirically informed perspectives on an impact agenda in the United Kingdom: (1) an evaluation perspective, (2) a research user (or impact-receiver) perspective, and (3) a researcher (or impact-producer) perspective.

A focus on impact is especially germane to the contemporary study of higher education given the extent to which the effects of global economic recession have challenged political commitment to science (and the work of ...

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