The Political Studies Association and the British International Studies Association welcomes the appointment of Professor Charlie Jeffery, senior vice-principal at the University of Edinburgh, as the chair of the sub-panel for Politics and International Studies in the 2021 Research Excellence Framework assessment exercise. Professor Jeffery is a widely respected political scientist and senior university manager with the full range of knowledge and skills necessary for this challenging role. The PSA and BISA are confident that under Professor Jeffery’s chairship the panel will be well placed to review all areas within the panel’s remit; to assess the wider impact of research in politics & international studies and to ensure that full recognition is given to considerations of equality and diversity.