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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 The information on this website is historical and is no longer maintained.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.

The HEFCE domain - - will continue to function until September 2018. At this point we will close the site entirely and all its information will only be available from the National Web Archive.


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What is the Interdisciplinary Advisory Panel and what is its role?

The Interdisciplinary Research Advisory Panel (IDAP) advises the REF team, REF panel chairs and the UK funding bodies on the approach to support the submission and assessment of interdisciplinary research (IDR) in the REF. 

The panel will advise on whether it should have a specific role in the submissions and assessment phase of the next REF in summer 2018, following the completion of its initial work.

Professor Dame Athene Donald Master of Churchill College Cambridge, University of Cambridge
Professor John Clarkson Director, Cambridge Engineering Design Centre, University of Cambridge
Professor Bruce Brown Visiting Professor, Royal College of Art
Professor Mark d'Inverno Pro-Warden International, Goldsmiths, University of London
Professor Rick Delbridge Dean of Research, Innovation and Engagement at Cardiff University, academic lead for the Social Science Research Park (SPARK), Cardiff University
Dr Tori Holmes Lecturer and Researcher, Queens University Belfast
Professor Hilary Lappin-Scott Senior Pro Vice-Chancellor – Research and Innovation and Strategic Development, Swansea University
Professor Ursula Martin Professor of Computer Science, University of Oxford 
Professor Hugh Mckenna Dean of Medical School Development, Ulster University
Dr Lisa Mooney Pro Vice-Chancellor Research and Knowledge Exchange, University of East London
Professor Judith Phillips Deputy Principal (Research), University of Stirling
Professor Barry Smith Director of the Institute of Philosophy, School of Advanced Study
Professor Veronica Strang Executive Director of Institute of Advanced Study, Durham University
Dr Sophie von Stumm Lecturer, Goldsmiths-University of London
Professor Joyce Tait Director of the Innogen Institute, University of Edinburgh

Recruitment process for IDAP

The IDAP has been constituted on the basis of nominations from the four national academies, UK funding bodies and Practice Research Advisory Group (providing specific advice on the inclusion of practice based research).

The process was designed to ensure nominations for individuals with interdisciplinary research expertise or experience from across the disciplinary spectrum.  

The criteria are also intended to take account of a range of other factors including region and institution type.

Equality and diversity

All nominees were asked to provide anonymous equality and diversity information to allow the UK funding bodies to monitor the diversity of the pool of candidates and to compare it to the diversity of the appointed panel.

This will form part of equality and diversity monitoring that will take place throughout the REF process.


Page last updated 10 April 2017