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Deputy Chair of the Commission for Tertiary Education and Research.

Professor David Sweeney was Executive Chair of Research England for five years until 2023. This followed a ten-year role as Director for Research, Innovation and Skills in the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE), working collaboratively with other UK higher education funding bodies to oversee the first Research Excellence Framework (REF) exercise. He is now Professor of Research Policy at the University of Birmingham.