Impact assessment in higher education: a strategic view from the UK

Ruth L. Ayres*

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Purpose: This paper focuses on the importance of impact in higher education from a strategic perspective, exploring its value to institutions, learners and prospective students in today’s higher education context, using the UK as a case study. The increasing prominence of impact assessment in higher education is discussed, with consideration given to the operational structures, tools and approaches which can be adopted to monitor and evaluate the impact of any strategic project or initiative introduced by a higher education provider. Design/methodology/approach: This paper presents a strategic view of impact assessment in today’s higher education landscape. Findings: The significance of impact assessment in higher education is discussed from a strategic perspective, drawing upon relevant studies, UK Government policy and initiatives. Consideration is given to the tools and approaches that can be adopted by higher education providers in assessing the impact of any strategic initiatives and projects that have been implemented. Originality/value: The paper is of value to 'any higher education provider that is currently undertaking, or planning to deliver large-scale strategic projects and initiatives which have been designed to enhance the student learning experience.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)94-100
Number of pages7
JournalInformation and Learning Science
Issue number1-2
Publication statusPublished - 8 Jan 2018


  • Evaluation
  • Higher education providers
  • Impact
  • Student experience
  • Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)
  • Teaching quality
  • UK Professional Standards Framework (UK PSF)


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