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The funding bodies are pleased to announce appointments of the four main panel chairs designate for the first Research Excellence Framework (REF) exercise. These are:

  • Main Panel A: Professor Stephen Townley Holgate – MRC Clinical Professor of Immunopharmacology, University of Southampton
  • Main Panel B: Professor Dame Ann Dowling – Head of Department of Engineering, University of Cambridge
  • Main Panel C: Professor Dame Janet Finch – Professor of Sociology, University of Manchester
  • Main Panel D: Professor Bruce Brown – Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research, Economic and Social Engagement), University of Brighton.

Following the announcement of a year delay, the timetable for the REF has now been published.

The REF Equality and Diversity Advisory Group has also been established and has held a successful first meeting.