Date of release: Monday, April 9, 2018

The University of Greenwich is honoured that two of its senior staff have been appointed by REF (Research Excellence Framework) at the first stage of the REF 2021 exercise.

Professor Karen Bryan, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic Development) will sit on sub-panel 3: Allied Health Professions, Dentistry, Nursing and Pharmacy for the criteria phase in 2018; and Professor Javier Bonet, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research & Enterprise) will be part of the assessment phase commencing in 2020 for Engineering: sub-panel 12.

The selection process began in autumn 2017 and involved over 4,000 nominations for roles across four main panels and the 34 sub-panels. REF is funded by four UK bodies: Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE), the Scottish Funding Council, the Higher Education Funding Council for Wales and the Department for the Economy, Northern Ireland.

Professor Bryan said: "Having previously served as an additional panel member, I am very pleased to be joining the panel in the initial stages to contribute to shaping the assessment criteria."

Professor Javier Bonet said: "I look forward to participating in the assessment panel having previously been submitted to all research assessment exercise and led the submission of a large college of engineering for REF2014. It will be an excellent opportunity to experience the process first hand and contribute to ensure that it treats all submissions with the fairness and rigour they deserve."


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University of Greenwich has been providing higher education for over 125 years. It has over 20,000 UK and international students studying at three campuses in the UK, and an additional 17,000 students studying overseas.

University of Greenwich is a public, research university with four faculties: Architecture, Computing & Humanities; Business School; Education & Health; and Engineering & Science. It's part of the University Alliance group and is silver rated in the Teaching Excellence Framework.

The university operates across three campuses: Greenwich and Avery Hill in London and Medway in Kent. Its renowned research has been globally received and endorsed by nine Times Higher Education Awards and four Queen's Anniversary Prizes for Higher & Further Education.

Notable alumni include Nobel Laureate Sir Charles Kao, Blur musician David Rowntree and campaigner Doreen Lawrence, Baroness Lawrence of Clarendon.