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The document sets out the funding bodies' decisions in relation to the following aspects of the 2014 REF:

  • the configuration of units of assessment and grouping of sub-panels under main panels
  • the roles and responsibilities of main panels, sub-panels and their members in the assessment
  • the criteria and process for recruiting panel chairs and members.

The document also:

  • invites individuals to apply to become sub-panel chairs (deadline for applications is 17 September 2010).
  • invites organisations and associations with an interest in research to nominate candidates to become panel members (deadline for nominations is 8 October 2010).