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Units of assessment and recruitment of expert panels

July 2010

REF 01.2010 (web only)

Nominations for panel members should be completed online by 8 October 2010

Applications to be sub-panel chairs should be e-mailed by 17 September 2010


This document sets out the configuration, roles and responsibilities of main panels and sub-panels for the Research Excellence Framework, and invites associations and organisations with an interest in publicly funded research to nominate candidates for panel membership.


To: Heads of publicly funded higher education institutions in the United Kingdom
Subject associations 
Organisations with an interest in commissioning or using academic research including businesses, public sector bodies, charities and other third sector organisations
Of interest to those responsible for: Research
Reference: REF 01.2010
Publication date: July 2010
Enquiries to:

Anna Dickinson
tel 0117 9317477
e-mail info@ref.ac.uk


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Executive summary

Purpose and key points

1.   This document sets out the funding bodies' decisions in relation to the following aspects of the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF):

  • the configuration of units of assessment (UOAs) and grouping of sub-panels under main panels (see Annex A)
  • the roles and responsibilities of main panels, sub-panels and their members in the assessment
  • the criteria and process for recruiting panel chairs and members.

2.   This document also:

  • invites individuals to apply to become sub-panel chairs
  • invites organisations and associations with an interest in research to nominate candidates to become panel members.

Action required

3.   Subject associations and other organisations with an interest in research conducted by UK higher education institutions (HEIs) are invited to nominate candidates to be panel members. Nominations should be completed online by 8 October 2010.

4.   Individuals wishing to apply to become sub-panel chairs should refer to the particulars available above. Applications are due by 17 September 2010.

5.   No action is required by HEIs.