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We continue to receive evidence and a range of views about the effects of COVID-19, and the related restrictions, on REF submission preparation, including on the effects where clinical academic staff are being called to frontline services, and for research professional staff in finalising submissions under the lockdown restrictions in place. This information has been helpful in informing our contingency planning.

With the submission deadline drawing closer, we understand that universities will want information about any further contingency measures as soon as possible. The REF team are reviewing this urgently with the four UK funding bodies, and intend to confirm any additional measures next week.

Any further correspondence or queries in the meantime should be directed to