Ulster University REF

Key Dates

Key dates for REF


REF 2021 Timeline

September 2017

Publication of ‘Initial decisions on the Research Excellence Framework’ by the funding bodies, following consultation on implementation of the Stern review recommendations (REF 2017/01)

October 2017Publication of 'Roles and recruitment of expert panels' (REF 2017/03)
November 2017Publication of ’Decisions on staff and outputs’ (2017/04)
March 2018Panel membership for criteria phase announced
End of July 2018Publication of 'Guidance on submissions' and 'Panel criteria' 
15 October 2018Close of consultation on draft 'Guidance on submissions' and 'Panel criteria'
January 2019Publication of final 'Guidance on submissions' and 'Panel criteria'
Spring/summer 2019Institutions intending to make submissions to the REF submit their codes of practice; invitation to request multiple submissions, case studies requiring security clearance, and exceptions to submission for small units; beta versions of the submission system will be available in both test and live environments for institutions to use
Autumn 2019

Pilot of the REF submission system; survey of submissions intentions opens; proposed date for inviting reduction requests for staff circumstances (the deadline is proposed for March 2020)

December 2019

Survey of submissions intentions complete; deadline for requests for multiple submissions, case studies requiring security clearance, and exceptions to submission for small units; publication of approved codes of practice

Early 2020

Formal release of the submission systems and accompanying technical guidance; invitation to HEIs to make submissions; invitation to nominate panel members and assessors for the assessment phase; deadline for staff circumstances requests

Mid 2020Appointment of additional members and assessors to panels
31 July 2020Census date for staff; end of assessment period (for research impacts, the research environment, and data about research income and research doctoral degrees awarded)
27 November 2020Closing date for submissions
31 December 2020End of publication period (cut-off point for publication of research outputs, and for outputs underpinning impact case studies)
Throughout 2021Panels assess submissions
December 2021Publication of outcomes
Spring 2022Publication of submissions, panel overview reports and sub-profiles