The work of the Birkbeck Sport Business Centre has impact both within academia and beyond. The researchers involved with the Centre publish a wide range of research: books, academic journal articles, working papers, reports, book chapters, blogs and magazine articles. Members of the Centre are also consulted in the media – in newspapers, on television and radio – and are regularly invited to submit evidence in significant government inquiries into sport. In addition, the Centre organises a wide variety of events: seminars, conferences, panel discussions and workshops. This is all in addition to the ongoing teaching work that members of the Centre are involved in.

2014 REF Impact Case Study

In 2014, the Birkbeck Sport Business Centre submitted a case study on its impact, as part of Birkbeck’s overall submission to the Research Excellence Framework. This case study, entitled The contribution of the Birkbeck Sport Business Centre to improving standards of governance in the UK sports industry, explained how the work of the Centre had contributed to policy debate in the football industry through parliamentary enquiries while research on the broader sports sector has been used by the Sport and Recreation Alliance to improve governance practices across national governing bodies of sport (NGBs). You can access the case study on the REF2014 Impact Case Studies Database.

The case-study was also cited as an “excellent example” of an impact case-study by the Chartered Association of Business Schools (CABS, March 2015, page 27)  (see also CABS, 2nd June 2015).

* Chartered Institute of Business Schools (CABS) (March 2015). The Impact of Business School Research: Economic and Social Benefits. CABS.