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August 1, 2011
» REF2014 Draft panel criteria and working methods

The REF have published the Consultation on draft panel criteria and working methods. The consultation questions and response information can be found in Annex A of ‘Generic statement of assessment criteria and panel procedures, plus annexes’ document. The deadline for … Continue reading

July 14, 2011
» Publication of the REF2014 Guidance on submissions

HEFCE have today published the following REF2014 documents: • Guidance on Submissions: http://www.hefce.ac.uk/research/ref/pubs/2011/02_11/ • Guidance to panels: http://www.hefce.ac.uk/research/ref/pubs/other/guide/ • Equality briefing for panels: http://www.hefce.ac.uk/research/ref/pubs/other/equality/ The guidance on submissions sets out the general framework for REF2014 and also provides guidance to … Continue reading

April 5, 2011
» HEFCE Publish Updated List of Expert Panels for 2011

HEFCE have now completed the process of appointing panel members through the nominations received. An updated membership of the expert panels for 2011, where the criteria for the assessment will be set, has now been published on the HEFCE website (http://www.hefce.ac.uk/research/ref/panels/).

March 15, 2011
» Ref timetable released

The timetable for the REF is now as follows: http://www.hefce.ac.uk/research/ref/timetable/

April 18, 2010
» Applications are invited for the roles of Chairs Designate for the four REF Main Panels

The Research Excellence Framework (REF) is the new system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions (HEIs). It replaces the Research Assessment Exercise (RAE). The results of the REF will be used by the funding bodies to inform their allocations of research funding to HEIs.

The REF will be a process of expert review, informed by indicators. Institutions will submit evidence of the quality of their research outputs, the wider impact of their research and the vitality of the research environment, to be assessed by 30-40 sub-panels. The sub-panels will work under the guidance of four Main Panels.

The funding bodies wish to appoint Chairs Designate to the four REF Main Panels. Initially, their role will be to advise on the further planning and design of the assessment framework, before taking up their roles as Main Panel Chairs once the panels are in place later in the year.

The four Main Panels will broadly cover the following areas of research: Medicine, health and life sciences (Main Panel A), Physical sciences, engineering and mathematics (Main Panel B), Social sciences (Main Panel C), and Arts and humanities (Main Panel D).

Main Panels will meet several times during 2010-11 to develop panel criteria and working methods (including for the assessment of research impact) and throughout the assessment phase of the REF. In addition, Chairs will be expected to attend a number of sub-panel meetings and meetings of the Main Panel chairs. In total it is anticipated that Main Panel Chairs will be involved in approximately 30-40 days of meetings throughout the exercise.

Chairs will receive an attendance fee for meetings, an additional fee in recognition of preparatory work undertaken, and an honorarium on completion of the exercise.

Further details, including job description, person specification and how to apply, can be found here

The closing date for applications is midday on 22nd April 2010.

Further details on the outcomes of consultations on proposals for the REF and initial decisions on its design are available from the HEFCEwebsite.

April 8, 2010
» Applications are invited for the roles of Chairs Designate for the four REF Main Panels

The Research Excellence Framework (REF) is the new system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions (HEIs). It replaces the Research Assessment Exercise (RAE). The results of the REF will be used by the funding bodies to inform their allocations of research funding to HEIs.

The REF will be a process of expert review, informed by indicators. Institutions will submit evidence of the quality of their research outputs, the wider impact of their research and the vitality of the research environment, to be assessed by 30-40 sub-panels. The sub-panels will work under the guidance of four Main Panels.

The funding bodies wish to appoint Chairs Designate to the four REF Main Panels. Initially, their role will be to advise on the further planning and design of the assessment framework, before taking up their roles as Main Panel Chairs once the panels are in place later in the year.

The four Main Panels will broadly cover the following areas of research: Medicine, health and life sciences (Main Panel A), Physical sciences, engineering and mathematics (Main Panel B), Social sciences (Main Panel C), and Arts and humanities (Main Panel D).

Main Panels will meet several times during 2010-11 to develop panel criteria and working methods (including for the assessment of research impact) and throughout the assessment phase of the REF. In addition, Chairs will be expected to attend a number of sub-panel meetings and meetings of the Main Panel chairs. In total it is anticipated that Main Panel Chairs will be involved in approximately 30-40 days of meetings throughout the exercise.

Chairs will receive an attendance fee for meetings, an additional fee in recognition of preparatory work undertaken, and an honorarium on completion of the exercise.

Further details, including job description, person specification and how to apply, can be found here

The closing date for applications is midday on 22nd April 2010.

Further details on the outcomes of consultations on proposals for the REF and initial decisions on its design are available from the HEFCE website.

October 7, 2009
» A Brief Guide to the REF Consultation Proposals

HEFCE have produced a brief guide to the consultation proposals to accompany the full REF second consultation on the assessment and funding of research. Brief Guide

The brief guide as well as the full REF consultation can also be accessed online via the main REF page

» A Brief Guide to the REF Consultation Proposals

HEFCE have produced a brief guide to the consultation proposals to accompany the full REF second consultation on the assessment and funding of research. Brief Guide

The brief guide as well as the full REF consultation can also be accessed online via the main REF page

May 19, 2009
» Leader: Watch the devilish details

The Times Higher Eduaction has published an article about the upcoming REF, it reports that it is moving in a direction that most of the sector is happy with, but there is still much at stake in the fine-tuning. To read the full article Leader: Watch the devilish details

» Leader: Watch the devilish details

The Times Higher Eduaction has published an article about the upcoming REF, it reports that it is moving in a direction that most of the sector is happy with, but there is still much at stake in the fine-tuning. To read the full article Leader: Watch the devilish details