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Submission system

The REF submission system is now closed.  Registered system users are able to gain access to a read-only version of the system.

All Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) participating in the REF were registered to use the REF submission system. Institutions were required to make submissions through an online system by midday on 29 November 2013. Registered system users are able to access the submission system in a read-only state. 

Submission system version 1.3 (September 2013)

Release notes for the submission system v1.3 are available following system updated that took place in September 2013.

Download the Release notes submission system v1.3 (September 2013) as MS Word (46 KB)Download the Release notes submission system v1.3 (September 2013) as PDF (209 KB)

Submission system version 1.2 (May 2013)

Release notes for the submission system v1.2 are available following system updates that took place in May 2013.

Download the Release notes submission system v1.2 as MS Word (44 KB)Download the Release notes submission system v1.2 as PDF (196 KB)

Submission system version 1.1 (April 2013)

Release notes for the submission system v1.1 are available following system updates that took place in April 2013.

Download the Release notes submission system v1.1 as MS Word (45 KB)Download the Release notes submission system v1.1 as PDF (212 KB)

Submission confirmation text (June 2013)

The HEI's authorised submitter will be required to confirm this text, as a condition of making the final submission.

Download the Submission confirmation text (June 2013) as MS Word (51 KB) |  ‌

User support

A user guide for the REF submission system is available. This has been updated following the submission system update in September 2013. A full list of system validation rules that are enforced when importing data into the REF 2014 submission system either using the web user interface or the API is provided (updated May 2013). A list of error messages that may be encountered when using the REF 2014 submission system is also available.

Submission system user guide (updated September 2013)

Download the REF Submission system user guide (September 13) as PDF (1,627 KB)

Submission system validation rules (updated September 2013)

Download the Submission system validation rules (September 2013) as MS Word (97 KB)

S‌ubmission system error messages (updated September 2013)

Download the Submission system error messages (updated September 2013) as MS Excel Spreadsheet (22 KB)

Frequently asked questions relating to the submission system are also available.

For user support e-mail:user-support@ref.ac.uk in the first instance, or telephone: 0117 9317159.