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HEFCE closed at the end of March 2018. The information on this website is historical and is no longer maintained.

Many of HEFCE's functions will be continued by the Office for Students, the new regulator of higher education in England, and Research England, the new council within UK Research and Innovation.

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The Research Excellence Framework (REF) Equality and Diversity Advisory Panel (EDAP) has been established to advise the UK higher education funding bodies, the REF team and the REF panels on the implementation of equality measures in the REF. 

The EDAP will initially support the development of criteria that appropriately recognise equality and diversity considerations in all elements of submissions to the next REF.

EDAP will advise the REF team on whether it should have a specific role in the submissions and assessment phase of the next REF, following the completion of its initial work.


Professor Dianne Berry

Dean of Postgraduate Research Studies, and Professor of Psychology, University of Reading

Members Role

Professor Janet Beer

Vice-Chancellor, University of Liverpool

Professor Yvonne Galligan

Head of School and Director of Gender Initiative, Queen’s University Belfast

Patrick Johnson

Head of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion, University of Manchester

Dr Tessa Parkes

Dean for Equality and Diversity and Centre Director, University of Stirling

Dr Katie Perry

Chief Executive, Daphne Jackson Trust

Ellen Pugh

Policy Programme Manager, Equality Challenge Unit

Gary Reed

Director of Research, Business and Innovation, Aberystwyth University

Professor Fiona Ross

Professor in Health Research, Kingston University and St George’s, University of London


Sophie Lowry

Senior Policy Officer, Scottish Funding Council

Recruitment process for EDAP

The EDAP has been constituted on the basis of nominations invited from Universities UK, Universities Wales, Universities Scotland, the University and College Union, Research Councils UK and the UK higher education funding bodies.

Nominations were sought for individuals with expertise in equality and diversity issues affecting research careers or with experience in research leadership and management.

Download the Equality and Diversity Advisory Panel selection process

Download the Equality and Diversity Advisory Panel Selection process as PDF (8 KB)

Page last updated 25 July 2017