Consultancy Services for Higher Education Institutions in preparation for Research Excellence Framework 2021

Professor Ian Kitchen, PhD, FRSB, FBPhS.  Professor Ian Kitchen is the founding Director and Chief Executive Officer of REF2020 Consulting.  He was a Sub-Panel member for UoA 3 (Allied Health Professions, Dentistry, Nursing and Pharmacy) for REF2014 and a Sub-Panel member for UoA 12 (Allied Health Professions and Studies) for RAE 2008.   He was also a member of the cross-main panel feedback evaluation groups for REF 2014.  He had lead responsibility for large and highly successful RAE submissions in 1992, 1996, 2001 (5* rated) and 2008 (ranked 2nd by Power), and in REF2014 (44% 4*, 49% 3*) in health and medical sciences at his own institution.  Professor Kitchen is an elected fellow of the British Pharmacological Society and of the Royal Society of Biology, and is Emeritus Professor of Neuropharmacology at the University of Surrey.  For a six year period (2007-2013) he was Associate Dean for Research & Enterprise in the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences at Surrey.  He also served terms as Dean of the Faculty and as inaugural Head of the School of Biosciences and Medicine.  He was Chair of the UK Committee of Heads of Pharmacology (2010-2013), has served on MRC and NC3Rs research grant panels as well as being founding President of the European Opioid Conference (1995-2010).  He has held research grants from the major biomedical funders, supervised over 35 PhD students and published 200 research papers and reviews in leading journals in pharmacology and neuroscience, as well as in the multidisciplinary journals Nature and Cell.

Professor Martin Griffin, PhD.  Professor Martin Griffin is a Director and Board member of REF2020 Consulting.  He was a Sub-Panel member for UoA 3 (Allied Health Professions, Dentistry, Nursing and Pharmacy) for REF2014 and a Sub-Panel member for UoA 12 (Allied Health Professions and Studies) for RAE 2008.  He also had lead responsibility for highly successful RAE submissions in 1996, 2001 and 2008 in health and biomedical sciences.  In REF2014, as PVC Research, he led the University submission at his own institution. Professor Griffin, a former Fellow of the Society of Biology, is a Professor in Biochemistry at Aston University and former Pro-Vice Chancellor for Research.  For a 5-year period (2004-2009) he was Executive Dean in the School of Life and Health Sciences at Aston.  He was Treasurer, then President, of the European Association for Higher Education in Biotechnology (1999-2008), Chair of the UK Interest Group for Education in Biotechnology (1994 -1997) and has served on the Advisory Board of the MRC and the Portuguese Biological Sciences Research Board.  Recently he has led 3 European Marie Curie Research Training Networks including one Industrial Academic Partnership Pathway.  He has held research grants from all the major biological funders and from industry and has supervised over 45 PhD students.  He has published180 research papers and reviews in leading journals in cell biology and biochemistry.

Professor Stephen Downes, DPhil OBE.  Professor Stephen Downes is a Director and Board member of REF2020 Consulting.  He was a Sub-Panel member for UoA 3 (Allied Health Professions, Dentistry, Nursing and Pharmacy) and for UoA 6 (Agriculture, Veterinary and Food Science) for REF2014 and a Sub-Panel member for UoA 12 (Allied Health Professions and Studies) for RAE 2008.   He also had lead responsibility for large and highly successful RAE submissions in 2001 (5* rated) and 2008 (ranked 1st in UoA by Power) at his own institution.  Professor Downes is Emeritus Professor of Biology at the University of Ulster, where he has served as Head of School of Biomedical Sciences, Director of the Centre for Functional Genomics, and Director of the Biomedical Sciences Research Institute.  In 2005 he was awarded an OBE for services to biomedical science.  He has held over £20m in research grants from all the major funders and supervised over 20 PhD students.  He has published over 100 research papers and reviews in leading journals in carcinogenesis, DNA metabolism, cell biology, nutrition and archaeogenetics, as well as in the multidisciplinary journals Nature, Cell and Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA.

Professor David Billington, PhD, FIBMS.  Professor David Billington is a Director and Board member of REF2020 Consulting.  He was a Sub-Panel member for UoA 3 (Allied Health Professions, Dentistry, Nursing and Pharmacy) for REF2014 and a Sub-Panel member for UoA 12 (Allied Health Professions and Studies) for RAE 2008.   He also led medium-sized RAE submissions in 1996 and 2001 to UoA 11 (Other Studies and Professions Allied to Medicine) for his own institution.  Professor Billington was awarded a personal Chair in 1997 and led the Biomedical Sciences team at Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU) from 1999 until his retirement in 2010.  He is currently Emeritus Professor of Medical Biochemistry at LJMU and a Fellow of the Institute of Biomedical Science.  He was a member of the national executive of the Heads of University Centres for Biomedical Science from 2002-2010, and Chair from 2005-2008.  He chaired the QAA Review Group to rewrite the Biomedical Science benchmark statement in 2007 and, for the last 5 years, has served on the Education Committee of the Academy of Medical Laboratory Sciences in Ireland. Professor Billington has supervised to completion over 25 postgraduate research students, held several research grants and published over 100 research papers, reviews and books.