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'Impacts of Impact post REF2014' Seminar

16:00 - 18:00
4 March 2015
Avenue Campus Building 65/1177 University of Southampton SO17 1BF

For more information regarding this seminar, please telephone Aude Campmas on 02380 599407 or email .

Event details

Part of the annual seminar series for The Institute for Language and Culture (ILC).

Following a review of the definitions of impact used in the REF and how they were operationalised, this talk will discuss what characteristics were typical of strong case studies, and how high scoring Units of Assessment (UoA) set about fostering a strong impact culture. Selected case studies and impact environment templates will be used to illustrate.

Please join us for the seminar and discussion. All welcome.

Speaker information

Dr Florence Myles, University of Essex. Florence was born in France and graduated from the University of Sheffield with a PhD in Second Language Acquisition. She worked at the University of Southampton before taking up a Chair in French Linguistics at Newcastle University in 2004, where she was founding Director of the Centre for Research in Linguistics and Language Sciences. She joined the University of Essex in 2011 as Professor of Second Language Acquisition. Her research interests are in second language acquisition (SLA), especially of French although she has also worked on Spanish SLA, and she is particularly interested in morphosyntactic development, and in theory building in the field of SLA. She has directed many research projects funded by the ESRC, AHRC and the British Academy, which have all had the dual aim of investigating learner development in French/Spanish and of constructing an electronic database of French/Spanish learner language oral corpora, available on the web to the research community (; She has recently directed an ESRC-funded project investigating the role of age in instructed SLA of French (2009-11).

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