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1. I am writing to set out the revised arrangements for making submissions to the 2021 Research Excellence Framework (REF), following the changes we made to the timetable in light of COVID-19.

2. This letter follows the funding bodies’ recent review of the level of disruption being experienced due to COVID-19 and whether further contingency arrangements for the REF may be necessary. I have therefore set out the outcomes from this review, and have annexed further guidance and information for submitting instiutions.

3. If you have any queries about any of the information contained in this letter please contact