Kent consumer law expert Professor Iain Ramsay has been appointed to the sub-panel for law for the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2021, the UK’s national assessment of research in higher education institutions.
The REF is the UK’s system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions. Experts are appointed to sub-panels for each of the 34 subjects assessed, all working under the guidance of four main panels.
Professor Ramsay has internationally acknowledged research expertise in consumer law and policy, insolvency law, and regulation, and has extensive knowledge of commercial credit and contract law research in both Europe and North America.
Before joining Kent Law School in 2007, he was Professor of Law at Osgoode Hall Law School in Canada where he was also Editor-in-Chief of the Osgoode Hall Law Journal from 2003 – 2006.
Professor Ramsay has extensive experience of policy research in the UK, Canada and EU and is frequently invited to play a leading role in a range of international and national level policy, legal, and academic bodies. Most recently he was a member of the Working Group on Financial Services for Revision of the 2016 United Nations Guidelines on Consumer Protection.
Regarded as one of the foremost world scholars in consumer law, Professor Ramsay’s research profile includes a recently commissioned World Bank report on the Insolvency of Natural Persons. He publishes widely in journals across the world and has authored 12 books, 7 substantial policy reports and over 70 refereed journal articles and chapters in edited collections. His most recent book on the comparative development of insolvency regimes, Personal Insolvency in the 21st Century: A comparative analysis of the US and Europe (Hart, 2017), engages with historical institutionalism. A review in the International Insolvency Review describes it as “one of the most informative accounts of the development of personal insolvency law and law-making in the past decades and the best socio-legal explanation of the driving forces behind legislative developments.”
The REF is undertaken by the four UK higher education funding bodies and was first carried out in 2014, replacing the previous Research Assessment Exercise. The next exercise will be conducted in 2021; assessors will begin considering submissions in late 2020 and will be looking at the quality of outputs (eg publications), the impact beyond academia, and the environment that supports research. Chief amongst the aims of the REF is to provide accountability for public investment in research and to produce evidence of the benefits of this investment.