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Durham University

University Committees

Research Excellence Framework Strategy Committee

Standing Orders

Sub-Committee of the Research Committee.

These Standing Orders should be read in conjunction with the General Committee section of Standing Orders available on the University's website.

Membership (Composition)

(Members 2018/19)
Ex officio members:
Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research) Professor Claire Warwick (Chair)
The Dean and Deputy to the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research)
The REF Manager / Impact Coordinator and Deputy to REF Manager tbc
One of more Deputy Heads of Faculty or other faculty representatives appointed by the Research Committee:
  • Arts and Humanities
Professor Fiona Robertson
  • Science
Professor Stefan Pryzborski
  • Social Science and Health
Professor Christine Merrell
Distinguished senior researchers, including former panel members, elected members of learned societies etc, reflecting a balance between disciplines and including members with interdisciplinary expertise (nine in total):
Professor Louise Amoore (Geography)
Professor George Boys-Stones (Classics)
Professor Joe Elliott (Education)
Professor Bob Holdsworth (Earth Sciences)
Professor Karen Kilby (Theology)
Professor Charlotte Roberts (Archaeology)
Professor Iain Stewart (Computer Sciences)
Professor Patricia Waugh (English)
one to be appointed
REF Panel Members:
Director of Research and Innovation Services Dr Andrew Jackson
Head of Research Policy Mr Niall O’Loughlin
In attendance:
Other members of the University will be invited to attend meetings for relevant agenda items.
A full date after a member's name indicates that their term of office will expire on the 31 July in that year and a half date indicates the year of appointment of that member. eg (2020) (17) indicates that the member was appointed in 2017 and their term of office will expire on the 31 July 2020.


The Secretary will normally be a member of the Research Division (Mr Niall O'Loughlin).


The Committee will normally meet 6 times a year.


As per University statute 41c the Committee shall be quorate when attended by ten members or not less than one-third of the current membership (whichever is the lower figure).

Terms of Reference

a) Maximise the benefit of the REF to the University

b) Make recommendations on financial decisions for targeted assistance (e.g. extension of sabbatical leave/teaching assistance) or providing assistance for external reviews of research outputs.

c) Make strategic decisions concerning the entry of members of staff to particular units of assessment and on staff inclusion in the REF consistent with Research England’s equal opportunities guidance.

d) Ensure that information relevant to decisions about REF strategy is disseminated to academic/research staff.

e) Request information that will identify strengths and weaknesses in the submission and having identified weaknesses,and ensure that appropriate solutions are put in place.

f) Seek guidance from relevant individuals/institutions to ensure that the committee remains informed – to the best of its ability – of REF guidance, criteria and initiatives.

g) Comply with all equal opportunities legislation in REF submission preparations and decision making and develop a Code of Practice as required by the REF guidance.

h) Report on its responsibilities to Research Committee and other senior bodies.