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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 The information on this website is historical and is no longer maintained.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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In all our activities we will aim to:

  • ensure accountability for funding and be a proportionate regulator
  • act in the public interest and be open, fair, impartial and objective
  • be an effective broker between Government and the sector and in doing so, ensure that we are implementing government policy effectively.

The results of our biennial Stakeholder Survey will help us to review how well we are performing.


We distribute public money to universities and colleges in England, incentivising excellence in researchlearning and teaching and knowledge exchange.

Read more about our funding role.

Data and analysis

We collect, synthesise and benchmark data to provide a unique authoritative voice on higher education.

Read more about the data and analysis we produce.

Regulation and assurance

We are the lead regulator for higher education in England. We respect the autonomy of providers and protect the interest of students.

Read more about our regulatory and assurance role.


We inform, develop and implement government policy to benefit the sector, students, and society.

Guides to our various policies are located in the relevant sections of the website.

Read and discuss higher education policies on the HEFCE blog.