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Impact Strategy

Warwick aims to become an undisputed global leader in research. Embedded within this vision is a clear commitment towards Impact, in its broadest sense, across all of our research disciplines.

Each Faculty has experience of, and is drawing together, new strategies and infrastructures for the support of research impact going forward. The University is committed to developing supporting and developing Faculties capacity to achieve this vision, at the individual; departmental; research centre, faculty and institutional level.

Contact Us

The Impact Team is led by Carolyn Silvester, Assistant Director in Research & Impact Services.

Impact Managers and Coordinators work with specific Faculties and Departments to support academics in the development and delivery of research impact.


The Impact Team manages a multi-million pound portfolio of institutional grants for research impact.

Click the link above for details of current funding sources, or contact us for bespoke guidance and support.

The way forward

To achieve impact from our research requires effective and efficient two-way relationships with stakeholders including industry, third-sector organisations, the public sector and individuals at a regional, national and global scale.

As an institution, we will move beyond traditional reactive Impact activities to proactively shape pathways from research to impact by embedding Impact across our entire portfolio of activities. The institution will also re-engage our external stakeholders to be part of the culture of research and Impact.

Policy Engagement

Warwick academics are engaging with policy makers. Click above to view the latest opportunities to contribute to UK government policy, and view case-studies of Warwick academics' policy engagement.

What is Impact?

Impact, based upon research excellence (applied; user-engaged and basic), is the identifiable and evidenced contribution made by Universities to the economy and society which can include the diversity of ways in which research-derived knowledge and skills benefit individuals, organisations (public, private and third sector, and nation states through:

  • Enhancing the economic competitiveness of the United Kingdom and global economic performance;
  • Improving and enhancing the effective delivery of public services and policy development;
  • Improving quality of life; health and wellbeing and creativity.

Demonstrating Impact

Impacts, from research related activities, are derived through many different mechanisms across the university including (but not restricted to):

  • publicly funded research;
  • collaborative or contract research;
  • consultancy;
  • staff exchanges;
  • licensing and spin out companies;
  • public, policy and cultural engagement,
  • Continuing Professional Development (CPD);
  • training and student enterprise.