Arts and Humanities impact case studies in the REF

All the impact case studies submitted to REF2021 and REF2014 are available on searchable online databases. Please see here for the University of York's impact case studies in REF2014. To the University's impact case studies for REF2021, navigate to the database and use the filters available.

This page includes links to a selection of some of the top scoring case studies from other Universities in the Units of Assessment to which York's Arts and Humanities departments were submitted.

These studies represent just some of many possible examples of how other arts and humanities departments across the country are working with groups beyond their universities.



REF 2021: UoA 15 Archaeology

University of Cambridge (awarded 4*)

University of Durham (awarded 4*)

University of Leicester (awarded 4*)

REF2014: UoA 17 Geography, Environmental Studies and Archaeology

University of Leicester (awarded either 4*, 3.5* or 3*)


English and Related literature

REF2021: UoA 27 English Language and Literature

University of Bedfordshire (awarded 4*)

Birkbeck College, University of London (awarded 4*)

  • Blood and Money: Contested Cultural Histories: Two exhibitions lead to museum staff gaining new skills, garner critical acclaim, reach thousands of people and inspire follow-up learning that can challenge rising antisemitism.
  • Open Access and Open Library of Humanities: Based on original research, the Open Library of Humanities changes the economic and behavioural patterns of libraries, publishers, journal editors, and authors and contributed significantly to policy debates about the future of open access.
  • Rebellion: Understanding Ireland’s road to Independence: A drama written and directed by a Birkbeck researcher creates employment for thousands, impacted audiences and actors through its pluralistic portrayal of the Irish War of Independence, educated audiences about Irish history and inspired them to learn more.

Birmingham City University (awarded 4*)

REF2014: UoA 29 English Language and Literature

Kingston University (awarded 4*)

Newcastle University (awarded 4*)



REF2021: UoA 28 History

University of Hull (awarded 4*)

University of Kent (awarded 4*)

REF2014: UoA 30 History

University of Hertfordshire (awarded 4*)


History of Art

History of Art

REF2021: UoA 32 Art and Design: History, Practice and Theory

University of Manchester (awarded 4*)

University of Oxford (awarded 4*)

University of Westminster (awarded 4*)

REF2014: UoA 34 Art and Design: History, Practice and Theory

Herriot Watt University (awarded 4*)

University of East Anglia (awarded either 4* or 3.5*)

Language and Linguistics

Language and Linguistic Science

REF2021: UoA 26 Modern Languages and Linguistics

University of Essex (awarded 4*)

University of Lancaster (awarded 4*)

REF2014: UoA 28 Modern Languages and Linguistics

Cardiff University (awarded 4*)

Bangor University (awarded 4*)



REF2021: UoA 30 Philosophy

University of Southampton (awarded 4*)

University College London (awarded 4*)

REF2014: UoA 32 Philosophy

University College London (awarded 4*)

School of Arts and Creative Technologies

School of Arts and Creative Technologies

REF2021: UoA 33 Music, Drama, Dance, Performing Arts, Film and Screen Studies


Anglia Ruskin University (awarded 4*)

Guildhall School of Music and Drama (awarded 4*)

School of Oriental and African Studies (awarded 4*)

Drama, Dance, Performing Arts, Film and Screen Studies

Guildhall School of Music and Drama (awarded 4*)

University of Kent (awarded 4*)

University of Manchester (awarded 4*)

Queen Mary University of London (awarded 4*)

Roehampton University (awarded 4*)

  • Augmenting Audio Drama: Innovation in the form and preservation of cultural memory: Research on audio dramas enriches, expands and preserves public engagement with cultural memory, heritage, and science, and leads to innovations in broadcasting practice.
  • Doing Time: Curation of the Taiwan Pavilion at the 57th Venice Biennale hasa significant influence on museum-based global curatorial practice with performance archives, informing public understanding of performance art histories, raising an artist's profile and extending the global influence of diasporic Taiwanese artistic practices.

University of Ulster (awarded 4*)

REF2014: UoA 35 Music, Drama, Dance and Performing Arts


Royal Northern College of Music (awarded 4*)

Goldsmiths (awarded 4*)

University of Southampton (awarded 4*)

Drama, dance and perfoming arts

Queen Mary University of London (awarded 4*)

If you would like examples of case studies in an area not included here, contact Helen Jones, Faculty Impact Manager ( and Joel Baker, Faculty Impact Administrator ( 

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