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HEFCE closed at the end of March 2018. The information on this website is historical and is no longer maintained.

Many of HEFCE's functions will be continued by the Office for Students, the new regulator of higher education in England, and Research England, the new council within UK Research and Innovation.

The HEFCE domain - - will continue to function until September 2018. At this point we will close the site entirely and all its information will only be available from the National Web Archive.


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Biography and registered interests

Susan Lapworth is Director of Regulation and Assurance at HEFCE. She is responsible for developing the Council’s approach to its role as lead regulator for higher education in England. The Directorate’s work ranges from the development and operation of the Gateway processes for new providers, the publication of the Register of Higher Education Providers, and the effective operation of HEFCE’s approach to the identification and management of risk in individual providers. Since September 2014 Susan has been leading work on HEFCE’s new operating model for quality assessment.

Susan’s career in the higher education sector began with a specialisation in quality and standards assurance. She has worked in a range of higher education providers – including pre- and post-1992 universities, a conservatoire, and providers with substantial distance learning provision. Prior to joining HEFCE, Susan was an Academic Registrar, holding responsibility for the development of institutional strategy and policy, and for teams working to improve services to students.

Contact Susan Lapworth

Organisation in which interest existsNature of interest (directorship, shareholding, membership, etc.)
Goldsmiths College Partner is a Professor of Politics at the College
Employment at HEIs within the last five years: University of Leicester Former employee at the University and at various other HEIs during career

Page last updated 2 March 2016