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The four UK higher education funding bodies are committed to supporting and promoting the fair and equitable assessment of all research submitted to the assessment exercise. 

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

IDAP is chaired by Professor Dame Athene Donald, who is Master of Churchill College Cambridge and a Professor of Physics at the University of Cambridge. It includes members from across the UK. Members were appointed following a nominations process, and include experienced researchers with extensive interdisciplinary and research assessment experience. 

Chair

Role

Professor Dame Athene Donald

Master of Churchill College Cambridge, University of Cambridge

Members

Role

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