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Oxford Brookes University is committed to enhancing the impact of our research in its broadest terms, and widen dissemination of our research for the benefit of our communities, whether local, regional or global, including our staff and students. Thus we are fostering a culture where (i) a diverse range of impacts, and the activities employed to achieve them, are considered as an integral part of the research process, and (ii) our research community feels confident and able to realise the full potential of its research and research-related activities by expanding the reach and significance of their work beyond academia.
Academic impact: the demonstrable contribution that excellent research makes to academic advances, across and within disciplines, including significant advances in understanding, methods, theory, application and academic practice.
Wider impact: an effect on, change to or benefit to the economy, society, culture, public policy or services, health, the environment, or quality of life, beyond academia.
For example, awareness, perceptions, practices, rights or interests of individuals, organisations, or communities have been advanced and positively influence as a result of their interaction with your research through various knowledge exchange, engagement, or impact activities.