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Impact evaluations

The impact of STFC research and technology can impact our lives in many different ways. Just as there are many impacts at different levels of society, there are many different ways to report this impact.

This includes individual case studies on specific impact examples studies of particular subject areas and facility types, reports on underpinning fundamental technology and studies which investigate the impact to entire industry sectors or the UK economy.

The following studies and reports illustrate this range of impacts and have been carried out either by or in collaboration with key stakeholders.

STFC Impact Report 2014

Our Impact Reports illustrate the breadth and depth of our economic and societal impact through quantitative data and case study examples.

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Summary Bibliometric Analyses in Astronomy and Physics with supplemental analysis on impact and collaboration (December 2017)

The Summary Bibliometric Analyses in Astronomy and Physics report examines the UK's bibliometric performance in relation to other leading scientific nations. The analysis was undertaken by Clarivate Analytics and draws upon their unique Field-Normalised citation impact (NCIf) factor. Impact profiles have been included in the analysis, which show the distribution of papers according to their NCIf, by country.

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ISIS Neutron and Muon Source Lifetime Impact Report

This ISIS Lifetime Impact Study is an independent, in-depth review of the ISIS neutron and muon source, which outlines the wide range of economic and social impacts of the facility. This ambitious and far-reaching evaluation was commissioned as a result of recommendations from the BEIS "Big Science and Innovation Report". Many of the conclusions, drawn independently, demonstrate the direct relevance of the facility to the UK's Industrial Strategy, announced in January 2017. The ISIS Lifetime Impact Study by Technopolis, an independent group of economists, has estimated the immediate direct economic impact of ISIS over 30 years. It also characterises the wider impacts under research, innovation and skills that have already been delivered and those predicted to occur up to 2030.

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Sci-Tech Daresbury Campus Impact Report

This independent report by economic development consultants SQW presents the findings from a study of the economic and wider impacts generated by the activities conducted at the Sci-Tech Daresbury Campus, one of the UK's leading science and innovation campuses. A broad range of impacts are included in the assessment; such as new technologies to support world-leading science, alongside impacts on the performance of tenant firms and the benefit from on-site collaborations, as well as wider beneficial impacts in public engagement and skills development.

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The Importance of Physics to the UK Economy

STFC funding helps to underpin the physics based economy. This report examines the contribution of physics to the UK economy; whether through the application of novel research and technologies, or through the skills and abilities of physics-trained workers, physics drives businesses and innovation.

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The economic impact of physics research in the UK: Satellite Navigation Case Study

STFC is playing a crucial role in two key areas of satellite navigation technologies, this case study outlines the importance of this technology to the UK’s economy and STFC’s role.

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Physics - Transforming Lives

A series of short case studies reviewing how innovative technologies that change the way we live, have emerged from studies in basic physics and become routine technologies.

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Particle physics - it matters

A forward look at UK research into the building blocks of the Universe and its impact on society. STFC is the UK funding agency for particle physics research.

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Oxford Instruments and STFC Forty Years of Collaboration

Since the 1970s, STFC and Oxford Instruments have developed a mutually beneficial relationship, building on scientific discoveries and their industrial application to create technological benefits for both organisations, and creating impact for the UK’s economy and society.

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New Light on Science - the social and economic impact of the Daresbury Synchrotron Radiation Source, 1981 - 2008

The wide range of impact that the STFC's Synchrotron Radiation Source (SRS) had over its lifetime.

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