REF director appointed

Rebecca Fairbairn has been appointed as the REF Director for the 2028 Research Excellence Framework (REF).

Rebecca will join Research England at the start of September and will lead the team responsible for the development and delivery of REF 2028 on behalf of all four UK higher education funding bodies.

Rebecca brings almost 20 years’ experience of working in research strategy, policy and delivery. This includes several roles at the Economic and Social Research Council and UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), most recently as the Director of the UKRI Office in India.

Welcomed by all partners

Rebecca’s appointment has been welcomed by our partners in:

  • Department for the Economy (Northern Ireland)
  • Higher Education Funding Council for Wales
  • Scottish Funding Council

An important milestone

Steven Hill, Director of Research at Research England said

We are delighted to welcome Rebecca to Research England. Her knowledge, experience and skills will enable us to move towards the implementation of REF 2028 with confidence.

The appointment of the REF Director is an important milestone for the development of the exercise, building on the initial decisions announced in June.

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