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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 The information on this website is historical and is no longer maintained.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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Burslem review

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

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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.

Burslem Review recommendations: HEFCE response

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