The four UK funding bodies are inviting nominations for further members and assessors for the REF sub-panels. This invitation follows the panels’ analysis of their expertise requirements, in view of data provided by higher education institutions on their submission intentions. Further appointments will ensure each sub-panel has an appropriate breadth of expertise and volume of panel members necessary for the assessment of REF submissions. Sub-panels will consider new nominations alongside candidates nominated in 2017, but not appointed at that stage.
Nominations are invited from any association or organisation with an interest in the conduct, quality, funding or use of research (except individual UK HEIs, groups within or subsidiaries of individual HEIs, and HE mission groups). Nominations must be made using the online nominations form:
See the list of nominating bodies for details about the associations or organisations the REF team has listed to send information to about nominations.If your organisation is an eligible body not listed in the above, and wishes to be included for future communications regarding REF panel nominations, please contact [email protected].
Equality and diversity
The funding bodies are seeking nominations of candidates from a diverse range of backgrounds, institution types and geographical region. We particularly welcome nominations of candidates from under-represented groups, including people from black and minority ethnic backgrounds.
We recognise that diversity of perspective and experience contributes fundamental insight and value to the work of the REF panels, and that this insight and value comes not only from academic achievement but also from other aspects of panel members’ lives. We have introduced several measures to the recruitment process for panel members, which are aimed at increasing the representativeness of the REF panel membership. This reflects the funding bodies’ wider commitment to supporting equality and diversity in research careers.
Nominating bodies may find it helpful to refer to the contextual data we made available for the first round of nominations, relating to academic staff in the UK, split by age, gender, ethnicity and disability.
Guidance on making nominations
Guidance for nominating bodies on how to make nominations is available in an infographic, which may be downloaded below. This is accompanied by information about the specific areas of expertise being sought for each sub-panel.
Please note the nomination deadline has been extended until further notice.
Download the guidance for Nominating bodies infographic
Download information about the specific areas of expertise being sought for each sub-panel
The announced change to the REF timetable will impact the planned schedule of work for the REF panels. The previously issued dates may need to be revised. While we are not yet able to confirm what the revised schedule will be, we will seek to build on the previous schedule as far as possible.
The deadline for panel nominations has been lifted until further notice. We encourage nominating bodies to continue to nominate suitable candidates to panels during this period, where possible.
Nominations must be made online through the nominations form:
A summary of the information required in the form is available below. We have also provided a Word version of the nominations form for information purposes only. Please do not submit nominations using the Word version of the form.
Download the summary of information required in the nomination form
Download the REF 2021 nominations form as a Word document
All nominating bodies are required to provide information about how equality and diversity issues were taken into account in the processes followed to identify nominees. We have provided a template for this purpose, which can be accessed below. Organisations which submitted nominations in 2017 for the first round of appointments, and who provided this information in full as part of their submission at that point, and are not required to do so again.
Download the updated Nominating bodies Equality & Diversity template
Further information about nominations and appointments
Research users’ expertise and their experience of working with research and researchers play a vital role on the REF panels, in evaluating the reach and significance of research impacts beyond academia.
We have been working with each main panel to consider the workload requirements of the impact assessor role, and ensure an even approach to this is adopted across its sub-panels. We have updated our Guide for research users on taking part in the REF for this round of nominations, including an estimate of the time commitment.
The criteria for appointing further panel members and assessors have been updated for this round of appointments. Further detailed information on the roles of panel members can be found in the publication Roles and recruitment of the expert panels (REF2017/03)
Previous round of nominations to the REF 2021 panels (2017)
In 2017, nominations were invited for members that command the confidence of the academic community and wider stakeholders. We sought nominations for:
- additional main panel members (with expertise of leading, commissioning or making use of interdisciplinary research, leading research internationally, or senior level experience in the commissioning, use or wider benefits of research)
- sub-panel members and assessors (including practising researchers, individuals with expertise in commissioning, applying or making use of research, and interdisciplinary advisers).
There was no limit on the number of individuals that each association or organisation can nominate, and we encouraged nominating bodies to consider a wide range of individuals to cover the full breadth of their research interests.