REF Expert Panel Nominations

Recruitment of expert panel members for the Research Excellence Framework 2021.
Deadline for nominations: noon 20 November 2017

We are one of the organisations that have been invited to nominate candidates for panel membership in the next Research Excellence Framework (REF).

The REF is the UK’s system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions. The exercise is undertaken by the four UK higher education funding bodies and was first carried out in 2014, replacing the previous Research Assessment Exercise. The REF is a process of expert review, carried out by expert panels for each of the 34 subject-based units of assessment, under the guidance of four main panels.

The REF is now seeking nominations for a range of members to participate on the expert panels, including practicing researchers from the UK and overseas, and individuals with expertise in the use, application and wider benefits of research. They are also seeking nominations for a new role on the panels, to oversee and participate in the assessment of interdisciplinary research.

Nominations of candidates from a diverse range of backgrounds, institution types and geographical regions are being sought. The REF particularly welcomes nominations of candidates from groups previously under-represented on assessment panels, including women, people from black and ethnic minority backgrounds, and disabled people.

Find full information on REF and the roles of panels on their website; prospective candidates are strongly recommended to read Annex A, which details the provisional timetable and workload for panel members.

If you wish to be considered for nomination by us, you must complete our nominations form below and return it to us no later than noon on 20 November 2017.  The form should be emailed to Phoebe Johnston with the subject title “REF 2021 Nomination (insert nominee name)”.

Nominations will be considered by a selection committee using the following criteria:

  • evidence of conducting leading research in ecology (e.g. key academic appointments or achievements)
  • other indicators of standing in the academic community (e.g. editorial posts or chair positions for subject bodies) or professional community
  • relevant experience of research management or commissioning, using or benefitting from research
  • relevant experience of leading, managing or practising interdisciplinary research
  • relevant experience of peer review, research quality standards, or of evaluating the impact, benefits or quality of research

We will inform candidates by 6 December if they have selected for nomination and we will nominate successful candidates to the REF by 19 December. Candidates will be informed directly by the REF in early 2018 if they have been appointed. The form is below, under ‘Useful Documentation’.