REF 2021: Call for nominations for sub-panel impact assessors

The four UK funding bodies are inviting nominations for further members and assessors for the REF 2021 sub-panels.

This invitation follows the panels' analysis of their expertise requirements, in view of data provided by higher education institutions on their submission intentions.

Sub-panel 9: Physics has identified a need for impact assessors with expertise in spin out, SME and growth companies.

As a nominating body for the REF, the IOP is asking individuals interested in this role to put themselves forward for consideration.

Impact assessors work with the other panel members to assess the impact element of submissions, attending relevant panel meetings and providing advice on the impact case studies they have assessed. 

Impact assessors are individuals from outside academia with relevant skills and experience in using research. 

Further details of the role and expected time commitment can be found in the guide for impact assessors.

Sub-panels will consider new nominations alongside candidates nominated in 2017, but not appointed at that stage. Nominees should be available to attend the relevant panel meetings – sub-panel 9 impact assessors are required to attend meetings on the following dates:

  • Tuesday 16 March 2021
  • Tuesday 18 May 2021
  • Wednesday 7 July 2021

If you would like to be considered for the role of impact assessor, please complete the nomination form and send it to Following the announcement that REF 2021 has been put on hold, the IOP will be accepting nominations until further notice.

The IOP welcomes nominations that reflect and celebrate the breadth, geographic spread and diversity of our community. We particularly encourage nominations from female physicists and physicists from ethnic minorities who are often under-represented.

After all submissions have been received, the IOP will shortlist submissions to put forward to the funding bodies. A small group will be convened as a selection panel, the membership of which will be published once confirmed.

Please contact if you have any questions.

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