The Higher Education Funding Councils have proposed that the impact of research should form part of the forthcoming Research Excellence Framework (REF). Because the assessment of research impact is a new endeavour, the approach and methodology have been piloted by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE), in four subject areas. Social Policy and Social Work (SPSW) is one of these four areas. Eleven universities were involved in the SPSW research impact pilots. The Social Policy Association (SPA) and the Joint University Council Social Work Education Committee (JUC-SWEC) organised a seminar to share experiences of the pilot and the challenges this raised.