New REF 2021 Deadline Announced

Published: 16 July 2020

Revised deadline will be 31 March, 2021

The Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2021 was suspended while institutions respond to the effects of COVID-19. After consultation with the sector, the revised deadline has been announced as 31 March, 2021. Further details can be found at Additional guidance and any mitigations against COVID-19 effects will be announced by the 31st July 2020.

Following confirmation of the new submission deadline for the REF 2021, the deadline for nominating candidates to the REF expert panels has also been extended until 7 September, 2020. The funding bodies are seeking nominations of candidates from a diverse range of backgrounds, institution types and geographical region. Nominations of candidates from under-represented groups are particularly welcomed, including people from black and minority ethnic backgrounds. If you wish to nominate a staff member, please contact

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First published: 16 July 2020