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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 The information on this website is historical and is no longer maintained.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 - www.hefce.ac.uk - 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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HEFCE-funded universities and colleges

We provide funding to 130 higher education institutions and 214 further education colleges that deliver higher education (as of March 2015).

Through our Institutions Directorate we have an ongoing dialogue with these institutions, which informs the advice we give to Government.

Alternative providers

HEFCE has a role in assisting the Government to operate its regulatory function for alternative providers of higher education. We are also engaging with alternative providers directly to ensure we understand how they operate, and the contribution they make to the English higher education sector. We also work with representative bodies of alternative providers of higher education, such as Study UK.

We maintain a register of higher education providers that have particular relationships to Government (or bodies related to Government) in England. The register sets out the powers they have, and the regulatory controls which apply to them.

Representative bodies

We work with the following representative bodies: