Two St George’s academics have been appointed to panels for the next assessment of the quality of UK universities’ research, the 2021 Research Excellence Framework (REF).

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REF assessments are conducted by panels of academics and industry leaders, who are appointed via a competitive application process. Panel members have been announced for the criteria phase, will take place in 2018, and will involve the development of the detailed guidance and criteria for REF 2021.

Some members have also been announced for the assessment phase, which will commence in late 2020 and continue throughout 2021, and will involve the full assessment of submissions made by institutions.

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

The St George’s academics appointed to the panels are:

Professor Dot Bennett, Director of the Molecular and Clinical Sciences Research Institute and Professor of Cell Biology, who will be part of the Biological Sciences panel;

Professor Mary Chambers, Joint Faculty’s Professor of Mental Health Nursing and Director of the Centre for Public Engagement, who will be part of the Allied Health Professions, Dentistry, Nursing and Pharmacy panel.

“Dot and Mary’s prestigious appointments are recognition of St George’s strength in research,” says Jenny Higham, Principal, “I am thrilled that they will be our ambassadors.”

All universities will make their REF submissions in late 2020. The Assessment panels will then be involved in reading and assessing institutions’ submissions between 2020 and 2021.

The announcement was made in March by the four UK higher education funding bodies – the 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.

Read the full announcement on the REF 2021 website.