The Research Excellence Framework (REF) is the system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions. The next REF will report in 2021.
*Research England have announced that the 27 November 2020 deadline for the REF will no longer apply and that institutions will be given at least 8 months notice of the revised deadline. At present, the REF census date of 31 July 2020 remains in place.*