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Panel membership

The REF panels were appointed in 2010, with additional assessors appointed during 2013 to extend the breadth and depth of the panels' expertise for the assessment phase of the exercise.

Current REF panel membership lists are provided below and will be updated on a monthly basis.

Recruitment process

In 2010, the main and sub-panel chairs and members were appointed to contribute to the criteria phase of the REF. Main and sub-panel chairs were enlisted through an open recruitment process and panel members were appointed through a nominations process. The appointment process and criteria are set out in 'Units of assessment and recruitment of expert panels'.

During 2012 and 2013, additional assessors have been appointed to extend the breadth and depth of the panels' expertise, based on a survey of submission intentions completed by HEIs in Autumn 2012. We have appointed both:

  • Research users, to take part in assessing the impact elements of submissions.
  • Practising researchers, to take part in assessing research outputs.

Assessors were selected from nominations submitted at the beginning of the REF exercise and those made in the additional call for research user nominations during 2012. Where necessary, additional nominations were sought for further assessors with specific areas of expertise.

The REF team are continuing to recruit some additional assessors. The panel membership lists will be updated on a monthly basis and the recruitment will be completed before the deadline for REF submissions.

Further information on the role and appointment of assessors is detailed in the 'panel criteria', paragraphs 28-34.

Nominating bodies

The list of bodies invited to nominate candidates to be panel members and assessors is below.

Nominating bodies (updated September 2012)

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Conflicts of interest

The REF is governed by the principles of equity, equality and transparency.  To ensure these principles are adhered to, we have set out arrangements for 'Managing conflicts of interest' at Annex D of the 'panel criteria'.

A list of the major conflicts of interest as declared by panel members is provided. This list was updated in October 2013 and includes the major interests declared by additional assessors recruited during 2013. An updated list will be published at the end of the assessment period.