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Updated research FAQs: will REF2021 go ahead as planned?

25 Mar 2020

Frequently asked questions will be updated regularly

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We will be updating the staff frequently asked questions on a regular basis.

The latest question is:

Will REF2021 go ahead as planned?

On Tuesday, 24 March, Research England confirmed that the REF2021 submission deadline on Friday, 27 November 2020 will no longer apply. This was in recognition that institutions are diverting staff time to support teaching as well as priority areas, including for those working in clinical and health-related fields.

Research England will maintain the REF staff census date (Friday, 31 July 2020) and will now look to adapt the details of the REF to ensure full allowance is made for the impact of coronavirus across affected areas of submissions.

The University will continue with our preparations wherever possible and we will work closely with Unit of Assessment (UoA) teams to adapt our work plan. We will provide updates during this constantly evolving situation.

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