On Friday 23rd March the UK higher education funding bodies announced the appointment of members to the panels for the first stage of the REF 2021 exercise. The panel members were selected from over 4,000 nominations submitted last year by subject associations and other organisations with an interest in research. The panels comprise leading researchers, and individuals with expertise in the wider use and benefits of research.
I am delighted to have been appointed to serve as one of the members of Sub-panel 34: Communication, Cultural and Media Studies, Library and Information Management alongside Justin Lewis (Chair), David Bawden, Karen Boyle, Robin Mansell, Alison Preston and Kate Clift (Secretariat).
I am one of two professors from the School of Computing at Edinburgh Napier University to have been appointed to a REF sub-panel. My colleague Emma Hart will be serving on Sub-panel 11: Computer Science and Informatics, as noted below.