Sector Timetable for the Implementation of REF 2021

DateActivity
 1 August 2013                            Start of period for income and impacts
 1 January 2014  Start of period for outputs
 Winter 2017-18  Appoint panels
 Spring 2018  Panels meet to develop criteria
 Summer 2018  Draft ‘guidance on submission published’ setting out information required in institutions submission and generic definitions and criteria that will apply
 Summer 2018  Consultation on the ‘Panel criteria and working methods’
 Summer 2018  Detailed guidance on developing Codes of Practice published
 January 2019  Final ‘Guidance on submissions’ and ‘Panel Criteria and working methods’ published
 2019  Complete preparation of submission systems
 Spring 2019  Provisional deadline for institutions to submit Codes of Practice
 2019  Survey of institutions' submission intentions
 End 2019  Provisional date to publish Codes of Practice
 2020  Submission Phase
 31 July 2020  End of assessment period (for research impacts, the research environment and related data)
 31 July 2020  Census date for staff
 2020  Nominations and appointment of further panel members for assessment phase
 31 December 2020  End of publication period for publication of research outputs and outputs underpinning impact case studies
 2021  Assessment phase

The census date for staff will be 31 July 2020.

The assessment period for outputs will be from 1 January 2014 to 31 December 2020.

The assessment period for impact will be from 1 August 2013 until 31 July 2020, with the underpinning research (of at least 2* quality) occurring between 1 January 2000 to 31 December 2020.

The assessment period for research income (assessed as part of the environment section) will be from 1 August 2013 until 31 July 2020.

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