Five reasons to love impact

16 May 2014

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In one form or another, there has been an impact agenda for hundreds of years. The Royal Observatory was established in the 17th century with the express purpose of improving navigation at sea through astronomy, the National Physical Laboratory was created more than 100 years ago “to bring scientific knowledge to bear on our everyday industrial and commercial life”, and the creation of the Medical Research Council was in response to a pressing need for research into tuberculosis. Many of the UK’s great universities were underpinned by 19th-century relationships between commerce and learning, writes Professor Graeme Reid (Office of the UCL Vice-Provost, Research) in Research Fortnight.