About us

Introducing Open Impact

Founded in 2023, we’ve worked with over 35 universities, large and small.

We help universities understand their local contribution and make better decisions. We are ‘of the sector’, with extensive experience working with universities and sector bodies, and our data analysis is grounded in policy experience.

Our team
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Dr James Ransom


James is a leading expert in the role of universities in their locality. He has produced numerous studies for UK universities and sector bodies, including work for the British Academy, the Royal Society, the British Council, GuildHE, NCEE and KPMG. James authored Universities UK's flagship ‘Universities and the UK's economic recovery: an analysis of future impact’ report. He is also a Specialist Advisor on higher education for the European Bank of Reconstruction and Development, and an Honorary Senior Research Fellow at UCL.

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Dr Richard Whittle

Economic Consultant

Richard is an expert in regional economic impact and evaluation. He led the technical report on the retail economy for the Greater Manchester Independent Prosperity Review. He supported a sectoral economic impact evaluation for the Key Cities network, and he has recently developed a new regional economic modelling approach supporting a inclusive and sustainable economic recovery in West Yorkshire.

Join us

We combine technical expertise in getting insights from data with experience in the higher education sector. We also often work with experts and associates. If you share our values of gleaning useful information from data, presenting this clearly, and getting the details right, then have a look at our opportunities.

Open Impact Analytical Services Ltd is a company registered in England and Wales, number 14694902. Our registered address is Top Floor, Raven House, 29 Linkfield Lane, Redhill, England, RH1 1SS.