Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

Research Impact

Research Impact

Research which makes a difference in the real world.

Much of the research in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences (HaSS) makes an impact beyond the academic sphere.

Our research has produced cultural, societal and economic impacts influencing a diverse group of beneficiaries, including:

  • private business
  • public and third sector organisations
  • policymakers and practitioners
  • cultural and heritage organisations
  • educators
  • the legal profession and judiciary
  • civil society and the general public

Much of this work is done in partnership with a wide range of organisations and communities in the region and beyond. 

Global scale

Research in the Faculty is focused on having an impact on an international scale. Find out more about our global research impact in the recently published supplement, Research Impact (PDF: 2.65MB).

Our HaSS Research Impact Blog:

  • features impact activities and events
  • outlines research outcomes of interest to non-academic stakeholders
  • highlights ongoing and anticipated impact from our research projects


Our research is characterised by a strong degree of engagement with research users in the public, private and third sector.

See the Newcastle Institute of Social Renewal case studies of engagement in action to see how Faculty staff and students are making a difference by engaging directly with and inspiring members of the public.

Societal challenges

Faculty researchers are making a very significant contribution to the University's societal challenge themes.

They work with a range of stakeholders and partners in order to tackle key social issues such as ageing, social renewal and sustainability.

Visit the Newcastle Institute of Social Renewal website to read about some of our key projects that are making a difference.


From the summer of 2014 to 2018, the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) are providing funding for knowledge exchange activities through Impact Acceleration Accounts (IAAs).

IAAs are block grants made to research organisations to accelerate the impact of research.

The Newcastle University ESRC IAA, worth £691,824, is managed within the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences.

It will allow us to respond to knowledge exchange opportunities in more flexible, responsive and creative ways than centrally administered schemes.

For more information, visit the Faculty's ESRC IAA webpages.

For staff

If you're a member of Newcastle University staff, please visit our internal impact webpages for more information. These pages are only available on campus and via RAS.

A guide to our Research Impact.