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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 The information on this website is historical and is no longer maintained.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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Membership and terms of reference

Chris Brodie Chair of the SLC Board (co Chair)
Tim Melville Ross Chair of the HEFCE Board (co Chair)
Sue Ambler Head of Education and Training, Health Education England
Professor Madeleine Atkins Chief Executive, HEFCE
Douglas Blackstock Chief Executive, QAA or nominee
Oliver Carlisle Home Office, UK Visas and Immigration
Paul Clark Chief Executive, Higher Education Statistics Agency
Judy Clements Independent Adjudicator and Chief Executive, OIA or nominee
Nicola Dandridge Chief Executive, Universities UK or nominee
Martin Doel Chief Executive, Association of Colleges or nominee
Megan Dunn President, National Union of Students
Professor Les Ebdon Director of Fair Access, OFFA or nominee
Steve Lamey Chief Executive SLC
Susan Lapworth Director of Regulation and Assurance, HEFCE
Gordon McKenzie Chief Executive, GuildHE or nominee
Helen Thorne Director of Policy, UCAS
David Wallace Deputy Chief Executive SLC
Stephen Jones, Department of Business, Innovation and Skills, HE Directorate
Kath Thompson HEFCE


The Regulatory Partnership Group (RPG) exists to act as a forum to discuss and develop advice on the regulatory environment for higher education in England for consideration by the government and the boards of the partner organisations.


The group brings together representatives of the organisations involved in the regulatory framework for higher education in England, including those organisations that undertake independent regulation of higher education in England, those whose activities facilitate such regulation, and those that represent higher education providers and students.  Each organisation has its own role and some have powers within the regulatory framework, and those powers reside with their respective boards.

The role of the RPG is to act as a forum to facilitate exchange of views between the member organisations in the interests of safeguarding public investment in higher education, protecting the student interest, and securing better regulation.  

As a result of the expertise represented on the group, these discussions can lead to the formulation of advice to government or recommendations to the boards of the partner organisations on developments within the funding and regulatory environment, in areas where a broad sector perspective is required, such as the data and information landscape or matters related to fraud and irregularity.


The membership is drawn from the regulatory agencies, facilitating organisations, and bodies that represent higher education providers and students.  

The group meets regularly and will review its operation at the end of 2015.


Page last updated 25 May 2016