What is Research Impact?

World-leading research carried out in the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences has wide-ranging impact on society, whether working with local communities, advising government or influencing international business practices. With over 1,000 academics and students involved in research across 11 schools, we have achieved global recognition for our dynamic and innovative work, engaging with public, private and third sector organisations, as well as with wider audiences and interest groups.

Our work makes a difference to policy, professional practice, business performance and the wellbeing of communities and cultures. You can explore examples of how we impact the world via this series of videos and case studies, organised under eight broad themes:

  • health and wellbeing
  • social justice and education
  • energy and environment
  • business, finance and economy
  • arts and cultures
  • public services, legislation and policy
  • organisational change and wealth creation
  • understanding the world in the widest sense

Academic staff from the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences can provide valuable expertise and services to government, local authorities and private companies.

In the 2014 UK assessment of research, the Research Excellence Framework (REF2014), the College submitted staff to 12 Units which were ranked within the top five in the UK, and 18 Units which were ranked first in Scotland.

We are proud of the very strong impact of our research, and the outstanding research environment we create for staff and research students’ work. For information about opportunities to study at Edinburgh see our postgraduate and undergraduate admissions pages.