Sector Timetable for the Implementation of REF 2021
|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|
|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|
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.