In January 2019 the REF team published the final guidance for REF 2021

A list of 'Frequently Asked Questions' has also been published, grouped by category.  This will be added to as necessary.
Based on the final REF guidance the University has produced guidance documents for reviewers.

Please do not hesitate to contact Marlis Barraclough, Senior Policy Adviser ( if you have any queries regarding REF 2021.

Key Dates

REF Submission Item Date or Date range Description
REF 1 - Staff 31 July 2020 REF Census Date; information collected for all staff in post on this date with significant responsibility for research
REF 2 - Publications 1 January 2014 to 31 December 2020 REF Publication period; the dates during which outputs can be published to be eligible for the REF 2021 submission period
REF 3 - Impact 1 August 2013 to 31 July 2020 REF Impact assessment period; the dates during which Impact can be achieved
REF 3 - Impact 1 January 2000 to 31 December 2020 Publication period for underpinning research in Impact Case studies; 
REF 4 - Environment Data 1 August 2013 to 31 July 2020 Data Collection Period; Data about research doctoral degrees awarded, research income and income-in-kind during this period.
REF 5 - Environment Narrative 1 August 2013 to 31 July 2020 Data Collection period; information describing the submitting units research and impact environment related to this period.
REF 2021 Submission 27 November 2020 The submission deadline for the REF 2021 exercise is midday on Friday 27 November 2020