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Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences REF 2021 impact case studies

Our research has changed lives and informed policy and practice. Read the stories related to the Research Excellence Framework (REF).


Our research has improved safety, justice and mental wellbeing.


Our research has furthered our understanding of various key economic issues, such as the minimum wage, climate change and pollution.


Our research has informed policy changes and challenged how we think about the past.

Social work and social policy

Our research has improved health and helped people out of extreme poverty.

Improving living wages


Research from the University of Bath has informed policy change, directly impacting the living standards and social welfare of employees.


We have improved access for disabled people, improved practice of school governors and assisted UN member states in monitoring Sustainable Development Goals.


Our research has improved safety, health and fitness, as well as helping players reach their potential.