Panel members needed for the Research Excellence Framework 2021

15 November 2017

British Association of Perinatal Medicine has been invited to nominate panel members for the forthcoming Research Excellence Framework (REF).

The REF is the system for assessing the quality and impact of research in UK higher education institutions (HEIs). It was first conducted in 2014, and replaced the Research Assessment Exercise (RAE). The REF will be undertaken by the four UK higher education funding bodies: the Higher Education Funding Council for England, the Scottish Funding Council, the Higher Education Funding Council for Wales, and the Department for the Economy, Northern Ireland. The REF exercise will be completed in 2021 and the results will be used by the four funding bodies to drive their allocations of research funding to HEIs. It will also provide useful benchmarking information and reputational yardsticks, and provide accountability for public investment in research and demonstrate its benefits.

Expert panels

The REF will be undertaken through a process of expert review. HEIs will be invited to make submissions which will be assessed by 34 subject-based expert sub-panels, working under the guidance of four main panels. Further information on the .

High calibre panel chairs and members who command the confidence of the academic community and wider stakeholders will be essential to the success of the REF. The four main panel chairs have been appointed (their details are available at the REF website) and we are currently in the process of appointing the sub-panel chairs.

Full details on the panel structure, the roles, responsibilities and workload of panel members and the criteria for appointment can be found on Roles and Recruitment of Expert Panels.


The REF are seeking candidates from a diverse range of backgrounds, institution types and geographical region. They particularly welcome nominations of candidates from groups previously under-represented on assessment panels, including women, people from black and ethnic minority backgrounds, and disabled people.

They are also seeking candidates to be:

• additional main panel members (with expertise in 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).

• They would also like to receive nominations of individuals who have served previously on REF or Research Assessment Exercise panels, as well as those for whom this would be a new experience. Heads of HEIs may not be nominated as panel members.

Further information

Individuals who are interested should also be willing and able to serve as a panel member, before they put their names forward.

Further information about the REF can be found on REF website. If you are interested in being put forward, please email the BAPM Office with a brief paragraph (no more than 200 words) with your suitability no later than 5pm, Monday 18 December