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Internal Preparations for REF

Reporting into the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Silke Machold, the Dean of Research, is responsible for co-ordinating the institution’s REF submission.  Professor Machold is supported by Clare McCauley, Head of Research Services.

REF Strategy Panel

The REF Strategy Panel meets quarterly and oversees the institution’s preparations for the REF in 2021 and reports into the University Research Committee.    The Panel’s membership is drawn from Institutes, Faculties (including Associate Deans of Research) and Professional Services. The Panel seeks to ensure that all aspects of the submission are maximised.

The full membership is: 

Professor Geoff Layer, Vice Chancellor (Chair)
Professor Silke Machold, Dean of Research (Vice Chair)
Professor Keith Burnham, FSE Nominee
Dr Ben Halligan, Director, The Doctoral College
Professor John Darling, Academic Board Nominee
Professor Dew Harrison, FoA Nominee
Professor Nazira Karodia, Academic Board Nominee
Professor Andy Lane, FEHW Nominee
Professor Peter Walton, FoSS Nominee
Professor Gary Sheffield, Academic Board Nominee
Professor Mike Thelwall, Academic Board Nominee
Mrs Clare McCauley, Head of Research Services
Mr James Anthony-Edwards, DSAS Nominee
Athena Swan Co-ordinator (vacant)

Units of Assessment (UOAs) & Unit of Assessment Co-ordinators

The institution intends to submit the research endeavour of a number of Units of Assessment and has appointed Co-ordinator(s) for each.  The Co-ordinator is responsible for coordinating, managing and signing off the REF2021 return for their assigned unit of assessment.  This includes ensuring the timely return of full, appropriate and accurate information for all sections of the UOA return in accordance with the requirements set out by Research England, University and Faculty in a manner that ensures optimal quality of the return.  The Co-ordinators meet together quarterly with the Dean of Research. 

UOA Title UOA Co-ordinator Faculty/RI 
3 Allied Health Professions, Dentistry, Nursing & Pharmacy  Professor John Darling & Professor Tracy Warr RIHS (FEHW & FSE)
4 Psychology, Psychiatry & Neuroscience Professor Maria Uther FEHW
11 Computer Science & Informatics Professor Amar Aggoun FSE
12 Engineering Professor N'dy Ekere FSE
13 Architecture, Built Environment & Planning Professor Mike Fullen & Dr Subashini Suresh FSE
17 Business & Management Dr Roya Rahimi & Professor Phil Dearden FoSS
18 Law Professor Peter Walton & Richard Glover FoSS
20 Social Work & Social Policy Professor Laura Caulfield FEHW & FoSS
23 Education Professor Michael Jopling FEHW (+pedagogic research from all faculties)
24 Sport & Exercise Sciences, Leisure & Tourism Professor Tracey Devonport FEHW
25 Area Studies Dr Aleksandra Galasinska & Dr Tom Dickins FoA
26 Modern Languages & Linguistics Professor Ruslan Mitkov, Dr Constantin Orasan & Dr Amanda Bloore RIILP (and FOA)
27 English Language & Literature Professor Sebastian Groes & Dr Ben Colbert FoA
28 History Dr Simon Constatine FoSS
32  Art & Design: History, Practice & Theory Professor Dew Harrison FoA