Nominations invited for further REF panel appointments


The four UK higher education funding bodies are seeking nominations for further members and assessors to join the REF sub-panels to ensure appropriate breadth of expertise and volume following analysis of universities’ submission intentions (see announcement here:

The British Society of Criminology is a nominating body to this process and will be making nominations to this round.

The nominations page sets out the requirements for each panel, final meeting dates for the assessment phase, and other useful information:

We would like to draw your attention to the specific criminological gaps identified in the following document particularly in sub panels 18, 20 and 21 to which the majority of criminology is submitted  This includes the role of ‘shared member’ to ensure assessment consistency between sub panels 18 and 20 and 21 as well as specific gaps in international criminal law, counter-terrorism, transitional justice studies, law quantitative methodology, evidence law, mental health, domestic violence, sexual violence, hate crime, racism, criminal justice and drugs.

The funding bodies have stated that they are seeking nominations of candidates from a diverse range of backgrounds, institution types and geographical region, and particularly welcome nominations of candidates from under-represented groups, including in particular people from black and minority ethnic backgrounds.

If you are interested in being nominated by the BSC to fulfil one of these roles, we would ask you to fill out the nomination form here with details of your research expertise, the role you see yourself in, and your career history:

Nomination Form – opens as a Word document

This form should then be returned to us by email to: We would ask you to write in the third person for ease of administration. Closing date for submission to us is 18th March 2020 to enable us to complete our selection process by the REF closing date.

The REF team have stated that sub-panels will consider new nominations alongside candidates nominated in 2017 (but who were not appointed at that stage). If you were nominated by the BSC in 2017, were not appointed but are still interested, we would ask you to reconfirm your position to us. You do not need to fill out a form again unless there is substantial addition you want to make.

We wholeheartedly thank all criminologists who are already working within the REF or who have put themselves forward to do so to ensure criminology submissions are assessed fairly and consistently within the process.