We're accepting recommendations and applications for nomination to participate in the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2021.

We have been contacted by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) regarding the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2021. First carried out in 2014, the REF has replaced the previous Research Assessment Exercise.

The REF is the system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions through a process of expert review. It is carried out by 34 expert subject-based panels, under the guidance of four main panels. The panels are made up of senior academics, international members and research users from across the UK.

As a nominating body, we're collating responses and will be making nominations to REF Sub-Panel 13: Architecture, Built Environment and Planning. We will, in addition to seeking an appropriate range of expertise across the discipline, be mindful of equality and diversity when making nominations to the REF, as stated in Annex C of the guidance on Roles and Recruitment of the Expert Panels:

The funding bodies are seeking nominations of candidates from a diverse range of backgrounds, institution types and geographical regions. We particularly welcome nominations of candidates from groups previously under-represented on assessment panels, including women, people from black and ethnic minority backgrounds, and disabled people.

We will consider the following regarding potential nominations to the REF sub-board:

  • Consideration of the diversity of nominations, including gender, geography, disability, ethnicity, as well as subject speciality
  • An expectation that nominees have published work to a high standard, with some having experience of conducting multidisciplinary research
  • An expectation that some nominees should have specific experience and interest in impact and therefore nominees should be selected from across the professional and academic domains
  • An expectation that nominees will have experience of conducting leading research in the field and will have recognised standing in the academic community or within RICS
  • An expectation that nominees will have significant experience of peer review, of research quality standards and that some nominees will have previous REF experience.


Those wishing to apply or nominate someone for consideration by RICS, and who have not already been in touch, should contact Ian Jeal or Katherine Pitman. We will only consider applications received before 10:00am on Monday 18 December 2017. 

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