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The four UK funding bodies, which include the Scottish Funding Council, have today announced a year’s extension for the completion of the next UK-wide assessment of university research. The decision has been made in recognition of the complexities around data, processes, and codes of practices.

The announcement confirms a summary report on this summer’s consultation on REF initial decisions will be published in spring next year. Next spring will also see the publication of a document clarifying points of policy for the new REF cycle. This will include more details for universities on the information required to supplement their submission of outputs and impact case studies.

Following the 1 December deadline for written comments on the approach to assessing people, culture and environment, the REF team is commissioning further work on indicators to be delivered during 2024.

More information is available in the REF 2029 December update.