REF2014 Impact Case Study: Transforming the educational delivery and public understanding of French Revolutionary Terror

Impact: Cultural & Creative Impacts, Educational Impacts (beyond UoP)

Description of impact

Through a range of publications and public engagements, the research of Professor David Andress into the French Revolution and its international and historical ramifications has achieved a notable impact on students and teachers in the educational sphere, becoming an influential interpretation in syllabi at undergraduate and postgraduate levels across the English-speaking world, as well as for A-level studies within the UK. This research impact has also been extended into the broader culture through engagement with public audiences, with a highly positive response, and participation in a major BBC factual production.

Who is affected

UK/International students and teachers; General public.


In the fields of undergraduate and postgraduate education, the research findings embodied in The Terror have had a global impact, present on syllabi at undergraduate and postgraduate levels at institutions in the UK, Australia, Canada and the United States. In 2010, the exam board EdExcel chose an excerpt from The Terror as one of only three historiographical extracts for commentary on their A2 History paper on the Revolution. Building on this in 2011/12 Andress was commissioned by the Society for the Study of French History to produce a revision-guide and series of audio podcasts for free distribution to A-level students nationwide. The conclusions of The Terror were further articulated in a TV drama-documentary, ‘Terror! Robespierre and the French Revolution’.
Impact statusOpen
Category of impactCultural & Creative Impacts, Educational Impacts (beyond UoP)
Impact levelBenefit (delivered impact)


  • French revolution
  • education


  • REF2014