REF 2021 Panel Membership

The four UK higher education funding bodies have announced the appointment of members to the main panel and sub-panels for the REF 2021 exercise.

Two lists of members have been announced:

  • A complete set of members for the criteria setting phase of REF 2021.  Commencing in 2018, this phase will involve the development of the detailed guidance and criteria for REF 2021.  Membership will cover the entire REF period, including the assessment phase in late 2020-2021.
  • A partial set of additional members for the assessment phase only.

Imperial College Members 

Staff members appointed to the criteria setting phase are:

Further staff members appointed to the assessment phase only are:

The full lists of panel members can be found on the REF 2021 webpages.*

Further Appointments

Further appointments to the panels will be made in 2020 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.

In general it is expected that candidates nominated to be sub-panel members in 2017 but not appointed in 2018, would also be considered as potential sub-panel members or assessors at the next round of appointments. During 2020 there will also be a further round of nominations for sub-panel members and assessors, including those with expertise in the use or benefits of research across the private, public and third sectors.

*Please note that in the list of additional members for the Assessment phase, Professor Saeema Ahmed-Kristensen is listed as being of Imperial College and a member for sub-panel 32 – Art and Design, History, Practice and Theory.  Professor Ahmed-Kristensen was formerly the deputy head of the Dyson School of Design, but left the College in January 2018 and is now Head of Design Products at the Royal College of Art.