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The four UK Higher Education Funding Bodies (Note 1) are delighted to announce the appointment of the chairs of the four main panels for the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2021 (Note 2).
The main panels will provide leadership and guidance to the sub-panels that undertake the REF assessment. As chairs designate, the appointees will at first advise the funding bodies on the initial decisions and on the further development of the framework. They will take up their roles as chairs later in the year, once the outcomes of the ‘Consultation on the second Research Excellence Framework’ (HEFCE 2016/36) are announced and further appointments to the REF panels have been made.
The Main Panel Chairs (designate) for each of the four main panel areas are:
Dr Kim Hackett, REF manager, said:
‘I am delighted to welcome the REF Main Panel Chairs to the exercise. These four individuals bring significant research expertise and experience of research assessment to these roles, and will provide strong leadership and guidance in all aspects of the REF. I look forward to working with them to ensure we deliver a successful and robust REF2021.’