The AHRC Peer Review College (PRC) was
established in 2004 with an initial membership of 460
research active academics.
Membership currently stands at approximately 900.
College members are experts drawn from academic
and other organisations, covering the full range of arts
and humanities research areas
Members can belong to one or more groups:
Who are our reviewers?
•AHRC Peer Review College (PRC)
How do we select reviewers?
•primary consideration is to find an appropriate match of reviewer expertise
to the subject matter of the application
•first choice is to find subject expert reviewers from within membership of
•if there is no suitable match on the College, then we have the flexibility to
approach subject experts from outside membership of the College
•for some schemes or grants specialist reviewers from one of the College
Groups will be appointed.
Membership of the PRC
•members appointed for 4 years at a time, with reappointment considered
based on reviewer performance and subject coverage
•members can resign at any point, or can be removed by the AHRC if
•review quota of 8 per year, and no more than 4 per quarter (although
some exceptionally do more than this). Technical Reviewers have a
separate quota of 8 technical reviews per year.
•members can make themselves temporarily unavailable (time off from
review requests) to allow for particularly busy periods, research leave,
holiday, maternity/paternity leave, illness etc.
•acceptance/decline rate (including late responses, or where there has
been no response) and requests to re-write (either due to lack of sufficient
detail or inappropriate content) are monitored.
Benefits of PRC membership
For the individual:
•Membership of the College is an indicator of esteem within the Arts and
•Members gain insight into how to best frame their own research
•Opportunities to sit on Peer Review Panels and other bodies, and to
engage with wider work of AHRC.
For their organisation:
•Esteem indicator for Research Organisations and individual departments.
•College members are well placed to advise on internal assessment of
funding applications prior to submission, and to mentor colleagues on peer
For the AHRC:
•The College is a valuable vehicle for engaging and consulting with our
•The AHRC is provided with a professional and well motivated body of
subject experts to supply reviews.
Main Stages of the Review Process- Part 1
Note: This overview is not applicable to all schemes, for which aspects of the full
process will not be required.
received in the
Quality sifting by AHRC
based on PRC reviews.
two or more
Proposals with at
least two fundable
grades proceed to
PI response to peer
checked by staff
Main Stages of the Review Process- Part 2
Note: this overview is not applicable to all schemes, for which aspects of the full process
will not be required.
review, comment on
and assign grades to
Proposals, reviews and
PI responses to peer
reviews sent to panel
Grades and rankings
decided, and feedback
Final funding decision
made by AHRC
Moderating and Assessment Panels
The AHRC convenes two kinds of panels:
•Moderating panels where panellists will not re-assess proposals.
These panels moderate the reviews which have been received, along
with the PI Response to those reviews, and use this as the basis for
ranking. In order to do this, members need to use academic judgment
based on the reviews and PI Response.
•Assessment panels where panellists (re-)assess applications and also
serve on the panel.
The final funding decision is made by the AHRC, based on the
recommendations of the panel.
Moderating panel route:
by up to 3
Assessment panel route:
Further guidance available:
• Research Funding Guides
• AHRC website
• Je-S Help text
• AHRC officers
•Peer Review College handbook
•Panellists’ Guidance documentation
•PRC Newsletters for PRC members only.