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The REF restarts on 31 July 2020 with a revised submission date of 31 March 2021. To take account of the effects of COVID-19 on institutions’, the funding bodies have agreed a set of revisions to the exercise. This document describes the impact of the changes to the guidance and timeframe on the submission system. It outlines planned additional data items and how that data will be collected. It also outlines data that is no longer required in the light of the new timeframe.

Detailed data requirements for the changes will be published on the Submission system data requirements page over the summer.

The changes to the Submission system for the revised timescale will be released in September 2020. See the expected release timeline for details.