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Dr Lisa Mooney appointed to prestigious REF advisory panel

Dr Mooney is the only panel member from a post-1992 university

The University of East London’s (UEL) Dr Lisa Mooney, Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research and Knowledge Exchange), has been appointed to the prestigious Research Excellence Framework Interdisciplinary Research Advisory panel.

Dr Mooney is one of just 15 academics who compose the panel’s membership, and the only one who works for a post-1992 university. 

Dr Mo0ney said, "I am delighted to have been invited to join the IDAP, as this team will be critical to identifying and acknowledging the vital role that interdisciplinary research might play in REF, and particularly any new insights that might guide and encourage academics to be confident of its contribution."

The Interdisciplinary Research Advisory Panel (IDAP) will advise the Research Excellence Framework (REF) team, REF panel chairs and UK funding bodies on the best approach to supporting interdisciplinary research in the REF, including whether interdisciplinary research should have a specific role in the submissions and assessment phase of the next REF in summer 2018.

The REF is the system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education, and is conducted on behalf of the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE); the Scottish Funding Council (SFC); the Higher Education Funding Council for Wales (HEFCW); and the Department for the Economy, Northern Ireland (DfE). REF results help determine how these agencies distribute research funding.

A news release distributed by HEFCE said IDAP members were appointed following a nominations process and the panel includes “experienced researchers with extensive interdisciplinary and research assessment experience”. 

REF manager Dr Kim Hackett said the panel’s members “collectively bring a wealth of knowledge and experience about interdisciplinary research from across the UK”.

Dr Mooney has worked at the interface between interdisciplinary scholarship and business in higher education for over 25 years. She is currently responsible for the full research portfolio at UEL, and is the University’s leader on the REF, ethical governance and postgraduate research. 

Dr Mooney has a background in fine art and critical theory, but is best known for her work on the study of collaborative research practices and interdisciplinary research methodology with industry. Her work explores how the humanities and social science disciplines might be better enabled to interact with the demands of the knowledge exchange environment, and particularly how academic and institutional practices enhance or inhibit these types of interactions. 

IDAP will be chaired by Professor Dame Athene Donald of the University of Cambridge.

Dame Athene said, “I am pleased and excited to be chairing the REF’s first group specifically addressing this critically important area. I look forward to working with the panel to ensure that interdisciplinary research is considered effectively in all stages of the REF planning.”

IDAP will have its first meeting on 30 May in Cambridge.