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Deadline for applications noon on 28 November 2017. Apply online:

We are seeking to appoint, on a secondment basis, up to ten panel advisers and up to thirteen panel secretaries to work with the REF Team and the expert panels, to provide high-quality, dedicated secretariat support and procedural guidance to one main panel and a group of sub-panels through the criteria-setting phase of the REF. Advisers and secretaries may be able to go on in the later stages of the exercise to support the operation of panels in assessing submissions; however, appointments at this stage are just to cover the criteria-setting phase.  

Main panels and sub-panels in REF 2021 will be supported by panel advisers and panel secretaries, who will:

  • assist panels in planning and managing their work;
  • co-ordinate the schedule of meetings; provide guidance and advice on the procedures;
  • prepare agendas, relevant papers, reports and feedback; and
  • record the discussions and assessment outcomes.

The panel advisers will also report the progress of the main and sub-panel’s work to the REF team. Panel advisers and secretaries will be seconded from HEIs or other organisations involved in the funding, management or conduct of research. 

Applications should be submitted via the online form ( by noon on 28 November 2017. Shortlisting will take place on 4 December and interviews will be held w/c 11 December.