Impact and engagement

We have a direct, positive impact on society as a result of our research, knowledge exchange, public engagement activities and schools outreach.

The impact of our research outside academia is one of three key elements evaluated through REF - the UK’s system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions. 

The School of Divinity was ranked 1st in Scotland and 5th in the UK* for Theology and Religious Studies in the most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF 2021). The next REF assessment will be REF 2028.

Knowledge exchange

  • As a member of the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, the School plays a part in delivering the College's Strategy for Research and Knowledge Exchange, which aims to create research that is recognised by our peers as world-leading, contributes to major advances in knowledge, and has impact.
  • Staff share their research findings and experiences inside and outside the university to a range of audiences. Examples of our activities are promoted and reported in School news and events.
  • Our researchers publish their work in academic journals such as Studies in World Christianity and Expository Times.

Public engagement activities

  • We work with the media and filmmakers to inform and engage communities in our work. As well as academic lectures and seminars, staff regularly deliver talks, take part in public debates and feature in popular broadcasts.
  • We spread the word about our activities through Social Media.
  • College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences' (CAHSS) Public Engagement Strategy 2017-2021 is available as a PDF on the CAHSS intranet.

Schools outreach

  • The School of Divinity supports school teachers of religious education by offering pupil visit days, CPD events and resources.
  • Our activities are promoted and reported in  Schools Outreach.