31 March 21 submission deadline confirmed

Following a recent survey gathering views from the higher education sector, key decisions on the revised submission deadline and impact assessment period have been confirmed.

   16 August 2020

The four UK higher education funding bodies have confirmed two key decisions in relation to the REF timetable.

1.  Submission deadline

The revised submission deadline is confirmed as noon, 31 March 2021, for all elements of submissions. The exercise is scheduled to resume on 31 July 2020, eight months ahead of the revised submission deadline. Updated guidance on any revisions to the exercise will be published by this date, following a further period of engagement with the HE sector and wider partners. As previously advised the staff census date of 31 July 2020 remains unchanged.

2. Impact assessment period

Also confirmed is an extension to the period in which examples of impact may occur, in order to be eligible for submission. The extended assessment period for impact will therefore run from 1 August 2013 to 31 December 2020. This is an extension from the previous end date of 31 July 2020. The extension has been put in place to enable case studies affected by, or focusing on the current response to, COVID-19 to be assessed in REF 2021.