Four Oxford Brookes academics appointed to panel assessing quality of research in the UK

Thursday, 19 April 2018

REF2021 panels

UK higher education funding bodies have announced the first set of panel members for the next Research Excellence Framework (REF), with four academics from Oxford Brookes University chosen to take part.

The REF is the system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions.  

Expert sub-panels will carry out reviews in 34 subject areas under the guidance of four main panels.  

Those appointed from Oxford Brookes for the criteria phase are:  

Oxford Brookes academics appointed to join the panels for the assessment phase are:

  • Professor Simon Kövesi, Department of English and Modern Languages, Sub-panel 27 (English language and literature)
  • Dr Marcel Vellinga, School of Architecture, Sub-panel 32 (Art and Design, History, Practice and Theory).

Over 4,000 nominations were made for roles.  

The panel members include leading researchers and individuals with expertise in the wider use and benefits of research, as well as members with an international perspective.  

I am very pleased that four of our academics have been selected as panel members for REF 2021 which is a testament to the strength of research here at Oxford Brookes.

Professor Linda King, Pro Vice-Chancellor for Research and Global Partnerships

Their work will initially develop detailed criteria ahead of the REF 2021 assessment phase. At that point, evaluation of the submissions made by institutions will take place.

Professor Linda King, Pro Vice-Chancellor for Research and Global Partnerships, said: “I am very pleased that four of our academics have been selected as panel members for REF 2021 which is a testament to the strength of research here at Oxford Brookes.  

“Their knowledge, expertise and insight will play a valuable role in developing and taking forward the forthcoming assessment of research excellence across the UK.”  

Further appointments to the panels will be made at a later date to ensure the sub-panels have an appropriate breadth of expertise and volume of panel members necessary for the assessment phase. This will be informed by a survey of institutions’ submission intentions to be carried out in 2019.  

For more information see the  REF 2021 website.