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The deadline for submitting nominations is noon, 20 December 2017. Full details about making nominations is available here.

Subject associations and other organisations with an interest in the quality, conduct, funding or wider use of research are invited to nominate candidates for panel membership in the next REF.

The REF is the UK’s system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions. The exercise is undertaken by the four UK higher education funding bodies and was first carried out in 2014, replacing the previous Research Assessment Exercise. The REF is a process of expert review, carried out by expert panels for each of the 34 subject-based units of assessment, under the guidance of four main panels.

We are now seeking nominations for a range of members to participate on the expert panels, including practising researchers from the UK and overseas, and individuals with expertise in the use, application and wider benefits of research. We are also seeking nominations for a new role on the panels, to oversee and participate in the assessment of interdisciplinary research (Note 1).

The funding bodies are seeking nominations of candidates from a diverse range of backgrounds, institution types and geographical region. We 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.

Note 1: Information about the roles and recruitment of the panels is set out in Roles and recruitment of the expert panels (REF 2017/03).