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RAE 2008 sub-panel chairs

12 January 2005

The four UK higher education funding bodies are pleased to announce the chairs of the 67 sub-panels for Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) 2008. Sub-panels are responsible for the core work assessing submissions and making recommendations to main panels on the quality profiles to award for each submission.

The sub-panels are part of a new two-tier panel structure for the 2008 RAE. Each sub-panel is part of one of 15 main panels which together cover the full range of research in the related subject areas (see tablebelow).

The positions of chairs for the sub-panels were filled following a nominations process for panel members conducted last year.

Ed Hughes, RAE Manager, said:

'We are delighted to announce the chairs of the 67 sub-panels for RAE 2008. We are very fortunate to have been able to appoint individuals with the respect of the academic and wider research community, extensive research experience, and significant experience of peer review processes. We are looking forward to the sub-panel chairs working closely together within the broader Main Panels as the RAE moves forward.'

'Guidance to Panels', which will help the main and sub-panels in setting the criteria and working methods for each Unit of Assessment in RAE 2008 has also been published today. The guidance to panels builds on the earlier announcements about the key decisions for RAE 2008 and is underpinned by a number of important principles.

Ed Hughes, said,

'The Guidance to Panels will help both panel members and institutions understand the key principles of RAE 2008, and explain how some of the major reforms introduced for this exercise will work. In drawing up the guidance to panels we were concerned to recognise the primacy of expert review supported by a range of quantitative indicators, as appropriate. We have set out a framework for the assessment process which will operate neutrally without distorting the activity that it measures and neither encourages nor discourages any particular type of activity or behaviour while providing a stimulus to the improvement of research quality overall. We also wish to maximise efficiency so that the cost of participating in and running the exercise is proportionate to the potential returns.'

The Guidance to Panels will help to ensure that in developing their criteria and working methods, appropriate measures of excellence are developed which are wide enough to capture all types of research, including practice-based research, applied research, basic/strategic research, and interdisciplinary research. Panels will also be asked to consider how to assess the sustainability and vitality of each submission, including the contributions to research excellence of less experienced researchers alongside more experienced colleagues.

The Guidance to Panels document is available on the RAE web-site, and will be circulated to HEIs and other stakeholders shortly.

Further information

For further information contact Ed Hughes, RAE Manager, tel 0117 931 7265, e-mail, or Roger Grinyer, Head of Corporate Communications, HEFCE, tel 0117 931 7307, e-mail


1.    The position of sub-panel chair was part of the nomination process for RAE 2008. In July 2004 the RAE team invited nominations from an extensive list of key stakeholders. The full list of eligible nominating bodies can be found on the RAE 2008 web-site's home-page. In addition to this the team sought recommendations from a wide constituency of people associated with previous research assessment exercises. All members of panels and sub-panels are bound by strict rules governing confidentiality and declarations of interest.

2.    Alongside Guidance to Panels 'RAE 2008: Equality briefing for panel chairs, members and secretaries' (RAE 02/2005) is also being published today. This document has been commissioned from the Equality Challenge Unit (ECU). ECU will deliver personal briefings to the first meetings of main and sub-panel chairs and secretaries on the scope and implications for the 2008 RAE of equalities legislation, especially on matters that they should consider when drafting their assessment criteria.

RAE 2008 Sub-Panel Chairs

Panel nameChairInstitution/organisation
A1Cardiovascular MedicineProfessor Patrick VallanceUniversity College London
A2Cancer StudiesProfessor Peter SelbyCancer Research UK Clinical Centre
A3Infection & ImmunologyProfessor Andrew McMichaelUniversity of Oxford
A4Other Hospital Based Clinical SubjectsProfessor John SavillUniversity of Edinburgh
A5Other Laboratory Based Clinical SubjectsProfessor Andrew WyllieUniversity of Cambridge
B6Epidemiology & Public HealthProfessor Stephen FrankelUniversity of Bristol
B7Health Services ResearchProfessor Ray FitzpatrickUniversity of Oxford
B8Primary Care and Other Community Based Clinical SubjectsProfessor Philip HannafordUniversity of Aberdeen
B9Psychiatry, Neuroscience & Clinical PsychologyProfessor Peter McGuffinKings College London
C10DentistryProfessor David WilliamsUniversity of Southampton
C11Nursing & MidwiferyProfessor Hugh McKennaUniversity of Ulster
C12Allied Health Professions & StudiesProfessor Julius SimKeele University
C13PharmacyProfessor Robert HiderKings College London
D14Biological SciencesProfessor David FinneganUniversity of Edinburgh
D15Pre-clinical & Human Biological SciencesProfessor R. Alan NorthUniversity of Manchester
D16Agriculture, Veterinary & Food ScienceProfessor Christopher PollockInstitute of Grassland and Environmental Research
E17Earth Systems & Environmental SciencesProfessor Stephen SparksUniversity of Bristol
E18ChemistryProfessor Jeremy SandersUniversity of Cambridge
E19PhysicsProfessor Sir John PendryImperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine
F20Pure MathematicsProfessor Ken BrownUniversity of Glasgow
F21Applied MathematicsProfessor Timothy PedleyUniversity of Cambridge
F22Statistics & Operational ResearchProfessor Bernard SilvermanUniversity of Oxford
F23Computer Science & InformaticsProfessor Keith Van RijsbergenUniversity of Glasgow
G24Electrical & Electronic EngineeringProfessor Steve WilliamsonUniversity of Manchester
G25General Engineering and Mineral & Mining EngineeringProfessor Geof TomlinsonUniversity of Sheffield
G26Chemical EngineeringProfessor Stephen RichardsonImperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine
G27Civil EngineeringProfessor Adrian LongQueen's University, Belfast
G28Mechanical, Aeronautical and Manufacturing EngineeringProfessor Neil HalliwellLoughborough University
G29Metallurgy and MaterialsDr Julia KingImperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine
H30Architecture & The Built EnvironmentProfessor Alan PennUniversity College London
H31Town & Country PlanningProfessor John PunterCardiff University
H32Geography & Environmental StudiesProfessor Keith RichardsUniversity of Cambridge
H33ArchaeologyProfessor Graeme BarkerUniversity of Cambridge
I34Economics & EconometricsProfessor David GreenawayUniversity of Nottingham
I35Accounting & FinanceProfessor Andrew StarkUniversity of Manchester
I36Business & Management StudiesProfessor Mike PiddLancaster University
I37Library & Information ManagementProfessor John FeatherLoughborough University
J38LawProfessor Celia WellsCardiff University
J39Politics & International StudiesProfessor Anthony PayneUniversity of Sheffield
J40Social Work & Social Policy & AdministrationProfessor Peter Taylor-GoobyUniversity of Kent
J41SociologyProfessor John ScottUniversity of Essex
J42AnthropologyProfessor Hastings DonnanQueens University, Belfast
J43Development StudiesProfessor Barbara Harriss-WhiteUniversity of Oxford
K44PsychologyProfessor Dianne BerryUniversity of Reading
K45EducationProfessor Margaret BrownKing's College London
K46Sports Related StudiesProfessor Clyde WilliamsLoughborough University
L47American Studies & Anglophone Area StudiesProfessor Paul CammackManchester Metropolitan University
L48Middle Eastern & African StudiesProfessor Carole HillenbrandUniversity of Edinburgh
L49Asian StudiesProfessor Terry KingUniversity of Hull
L50European StudiesProfessor Michael SmithLoughborough University
M51Russian, Slavonic & East European LanguagesProfessor Derek OffordUniversity of Bristol
M52FrenchProfessor Margaret AtackUniversity of Leeds
M53German, Dutch & Scandinavian LanguagesProfessor Helen Watanabe-O'KellyUniversity of Oxford
M54ItalianProfessor Zygmunt BaranskiUniversity of Cambridge
M55Iberian & Latin American LanguagesProfessor Catherine DaviesUniversity of Nottingham
M56Celtic StudiesProfessor Séamus Mac MathúnaUniversity of Ulster
M57English Language & LiteratureProfessor Rick RylanceUniversity of Exeter
M58LinguisticsProfessor John LocalUniversity of York
N59Classics, Ancient History, Byzantine & Modern Greek StudiesProfessor Michael WhitbyUniversity of Warwick
N60PhilosophyProfessor Antony DuffUniversity of Stirling
N61Theology, Divinity & Religious StudiesProfessor George NewlandsUniversity of Glasgow
N62HistoryProfessor Pauline StaffordUniversity of Liverpool
O63Art & DesignProfessor Paul GoughUniversity of the West of England, Bristol
O64History of Art, Architecture & DesignMr Sandy HeslopUniversity of East Anglia
O65Drama, Dance and Performing ArtsProfessor Christopher BaughUniversity of Kent
O66Communication, Cultural & Media StudiesProfessor Peter GoldingLoughborough University
O67MusicProfessor Andrew WatheyRoyal Holloway, University of London