The four UK Higher Education Funding Bodies (Note 1) have announced the appointment of the chairs of the 34 sub-panels for the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2021 (Note 2). The chairs have been appointed following an open application process (Note 3).
The key role of each sub-panel chair is to lead their sub-paneI in developing criteria for the assessment and in consistently applying assessment standards. The chair will also play a key role in engaging with the UK higher education sector on the REF.
The chairs of the four REF main panels were appointed earlier in the year (Note 4).
Dr Kim Hackett, REF Manager, said:
‘We have had an excellent response to our call for applications to the role of sub-panel chair, which has enabled the funding bodies to appoint an exceptional set of individuals to these key positions. We are also delighted to have achieved a good balance across types of institution and geographical regions with these appointments. The sub-panel chairs now have a key task ahead in recommending panel members, and I look forward to working with them on this task.’