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Research Impact for the Faculties of Arts & ABP - a self-help guide

Creative writing 

Published creative writing could include fiction, poetry, screenplays, scripts, pieces of journalism, published speeches, reviews (art, books, performances) and exhibition catalogues. Evidence of the impact of these outputs can include: 

  • information from publishers (ie. sales or download figures)
  • prestige of the publisher or publication
  • inclusion on university or school reading lists
  • award nominations or prizes
  • best-seller lists
  • editions or translations
  • social media mentions or shares
  • review of the work published
  • library holdings
  • information about on any accompanying work (ie. performance of a play script, production of a screenplay)

Image CCBY: Pencil Writing by Icongeek26 from the Noun Project

Exhibitions (as artist and/or curator) 

Evidence of impact for the exhibitions of multiple artworks may need to be collected and managed personally. Some information may need to be sought from the venue or gallery. Impact might be demonstrated by:

  • prestige of the venue
  • commissions and invitations to exhibit
  • visitor numbers
  • electronic downloads and website visits
  • sales data
  • exhibition catalogues, sales and downloads
  • reviews
  • social media activity

Individual artworks in any medium should be treated separately.

Download the checklist for Exhibitions

Image CCBYMuseum by bmijnlieff from the Noun Project


All types of recordings should be considered for impact, including music, audio, film, TV, podcasts, and video art. The impact of audio and video recordings can be difficult to demonstrate, however you can show distribution and reach by using:

  • view/stream/download statistics from platforms like Youtube or Spotify
  • social media shares and mentions
  • reviews in online and print media
  • inclusion in festivals or broader compilations.

 Download the checklist for recordings

Image CCBY: CD by Atif Arshad from the Noun Project