In 2010 an independent group chaired by Dame Sandra Burslem reviewed HEFCE's efficiency and effectiveness.
The review covered policy development, advice to others, policy implementation, accountability for public funding and promotion of best practice within HEIs, and was informed by research carried out by Oakleigh Consulting. HEFCE was found to be efficient both in the use of its own resources and in the processes it administers for funding universities and colleges,
Read 'Independent Review Group review of the effectiveness and efficiency of HEFCE: final report' (HEFCE 2010/07)
Impact assessment of Burslem review
Implementation of the Burslem Review recommendations
A year after publication of the Burslem report we summarised the HEFCE management response to recommendations, and progress in implementing them.