Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2021

On 24 March 2020 it was announced that the REF 2021 was to be put on hold until further notice. This means that the submission deadline on 27 November 2020 will no longer apply, and in due course a new submission deadline of no later than eight months prior to the deadline will be announced. The funding bodies recognise the significant effort that has been invested so far by institutions in preparations for the current REF cycle and in view of this the REF staff census date of 31 July 2020 remains unchanged. When there is greater clarity about the period of serious disruption to universities, the funding bodies will consult on the adapted details of the framework, aiming for the consultation activity to be as light touch as possible.

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