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Ten York staff appointed to Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2021 panels

Posted on 29 March 2018

Leading York staff have been selected as panel members for the REF2021.

The REF is the system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions.

The four UK higher education funding bodies (Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE), the Scottish Funding Council, the Higher Education Funding Council for Wales and the Department for the Economy, Northern Ireland) have announced the appointment of members to the main panels and sub-panels for the next REF exercise in 2021. The appointments include a complete set of members for the criteria setting phase and a partial set of additional members for the assessment phase only.

Over 4,000 nominations were made for roles across the four main panels and the 34 sub-panels.

The panel members include leading researchers with expertise in the wider use and benefits of research, as well as members with an international perspective on the main panels.

The ten York staff appointed to the panels for the two phases are:

Criteria setting phase

  • Professor Mark Hodson (member of sub-panel 7 - Earth Systems and Environmental Sciences)
  • Professor Alastair Lewis (member of sub-panel 8 - Chemistry)
  • Professor Nicky Milner (member of sub-panel 15 - Archaeology)
  • Professor Nick Ellison (Chair of sub-panel 20 Social Work and Social Policy)
  • Anna Grey (secretariat, main panel A)

Assessment phase

  • Professor Mike Burton (member of sub-panel 4 - Psychology)
  • Professor Elizabeth Meins (member of sub-panel 4 - Psychology)
  • Professor Edwin Hancock (member of sub-panel 11 - Computer Science)
  • Professor Jean Grugel (member of sub-panel 19 - Politics and International Studies), interdisciplinary adviser
  • Professor Neil Lunt (member of sub-panel 20 - Social Work and Social Policy)

Deborah Smith, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research said:

"I would like to congratulate my colleagues on their appointments to the REF 2021 panels. York's representation in the REF process is a clear vote of confidence in the strength and depth of our collaborative research portfolio."

Further appointments to the assessment panels will be made at a later date.