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Professor Barry Potter
Professor Barry Potter

Internal News - 03 February 2009

Professor to join HEFCE Research Excellence Framework expert panel

Professor Barry Potter (Pharmacy & Pharmacology) has been invited by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) to join the recently formed Research Excellence Framework (REF) expert panel.

In March 2006, the Government announced its intention to replace the recently completed Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) after 2008 with an assessment system based on combining bibliometrics and other quantitative indicators.

The transition from the RAE to the REF will be an important development for research and the HE sector.

To explore the details of the move to a metrics based funding model, and on behalf of the four UK Higher Education (HE) funding bodies, HEFCE has now established Expert Advisory Groups to help develop proposals for the REF.

Membership of these groups has been drawn from RAE 2008 panels, Research Councils, users of research and other organisations. The groups will provide advice on the overall design of the REF as a unified framework for assessing the quality of research across all disciplines and all types of research.

The groups will meet during early 2009 to help inform the development of proposals for the REF. HEFCE and the UK HE funding bodies will then consult the sector on the proposals during the latter half of 2009.

After the consultation exercise has concluded, the UK HE funding bodies will establish REF expert panels to develop subject-specific criteria for assessment and conduct the assessment process due to run during 2013 and to drive funding from 2014.

Professor Potter said: “I’m delighted to be able to contribute towards the development of this critical successor to the RAE.

"As an ex-RAE2001 and 2008 Sub Panel Member I know very well the need to move to a robust, but more light touch, assessment process.

“It’s a particular responsibility to try and ensure that the appropriate considerations are made both for my own subject area and for our type of university to help provide us with a future REF methodology that we can have faith in.”