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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)

(Awaiting 2018/19 updates from sections for all Research Committees)

(Members 2017/18)
Ex officio members:
Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research) Professor Claire Warwick (Chair)
The Dean and Deputy to the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research)
The REF Manager tbc
One of more Deputy Heads of Faculty or other faculty representatives appointed by the Research Committee:
  • Arts and Humanities
Dr John Nash
  • Science
Professor Stefan Pryzborski
  • Social Science and Health
Professor Emma Flynn
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
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 Sub-Committee will normally meet six times a year and more frequently as required.

Terms of Reference


The Research Excellence Framework Strategy Committee is a sub-committee of Research Committee: it is responsible for overseeing Durham University's strategy for, and submission to, the Research Excellence Framework (REF).

The Sub-Committee shall:

(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 size and scope of the REF submission including allocation of staff to units of assessment, outputs, impact and environment consistent with HEFCE’s 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 to ensure that solutions to improve the university's submission in the areas identified 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 any Code of Practice as required by the REF guidance;

(h) report on its responsibilities to Research Committee.