What does being an observer involve?
If you are assigned to a panel, you will be sent up to five (usually four) equality charter mark submissions in advance of an assessment panel day which we recommend you read before the panel.
You will be asked to attend the assessment panel, which will take place on Zoom for 2.5 hours.
During the meeting, the panel considers each application in turn, led by a chair drawn from the panel. There is also a moderator from Advance HE, who does not have a vote. Observers do not contribute to the discussion, although the chair may ask you for any comments after all the decisions have been made.
How do I become an observer?
If you have registered your interest we will get in touch when there are opportunities to observe a panel.
In the lead up to panels we email all potential observers an availability poll, which potential observers must complete by the deadline specified (usually the same date as the submission deadline). At this time, you must also update your Declaration of Interest should there be any changes (for example you have moved institution).
Once we have received all the submissions and planned the panel compositions, we will then email all observers that have been assigned a panel with the date, and panel information. We also email all potential observers who have not been assigned to this round to let them know.