Professor Linda King appointed to Research Excellence Framework Environment panel

Tuesday, 04 December 2018

Professor Linda King at Oxford Brookes University

As universities prepare for the national exercise which assesses the quality of UK research, it has been announced that Oxford Brookes will be represented on a key panel.

Professor Linda King, Pro Vice-Chancellor for Research & Global Partnerships, has been confirmed as a member of the panel that will pilot the assessment of the institutional-level environment submissions for the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2021.

The UK is rightly regarded as a world-leader for research and this opportunity will allow me to help improve the process by which the important role played by the institutional environment can be assessed in future.

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

The four UK funding bodies announced the appointment of members to the Environment Pilot Panel following an open application process. 

Professor King is among 18 senior research leaders with a breadth of discipline expertise across a range of UK universities, as well as individuals with expertise in the wider use and benefits of research, and those with senior-level experience in research management.

Information about the institutional-level environment will be provided to the 34 REF sub-panels for context. It will not be scored by the sub-panels, and the pilot assessment will not contribute to the outcomes of REF 2021.

Professor Linda King commented: “I am pleased to have joined the Environment Pilot Panel as part of an exercise which is so important to universities across the country. The UK is rightly regarded as a world-leader for research and this opportunity will allow me to help improve the process by which the important role played by the institutional environment can be assessed in future.”

Oxford Brookes’ well-established and growing international reputation for research was confirmed with the publication of the last REF results in 2014.

The results of the exercise showed that 94% of Oxford Brookes research is “internationally recognised” which compares to 78% in 2008. REF 2014 also found that 59% of Oxford Brookes research was judged to be of “world leading” or “internationally excellent” quality, compared with 36% in 2008.

The introduction of an institutional-level submission for the environment was a key recommendation of an independent review of the REF, led by Lord Stern.  The pilot panel will explore the feasibility of an institutional-level assessment, to inform inclusion of this element in future exercises. It will provide recommendations to the funding bodies and publish its findings in 2022. 

A full list of members appointed to the Environment Pilot Panel can be found online. The announcement follows the news earlier this year that four Oxford Brookes academics had been appointed to REF 2021 panels assessing quality of research in the UK.

Further information on research at Oxford Brookes can be found on the University’s website.