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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 The information on this website is historical and is no longer maintained.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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HEFCE runs a number of training sessions that are designed specifically for alternative providers. Speakers’ presentations are available from past events.


Past events

Collaboration and development opportunities for alternative providers: 24 April 2017

The HEFCE Alternative Provider Engagement Team's annual event 'Collaboration and development opportunities for alternative providers' was for individuals with responsibility for strategic oversight or engagement with regulatory matters.

This full day event provided:

  • an opportunity to hear from alternative providers on their experiences of collaboration and dealing with sector development and change
  • an opportunity to network with providers of all types of higher education
  • talks to facilitate a greater awareness and understanding of the sector
  • afternoon workshops on relevant topics.

The presentation slides from the event are also available.

HEAPES16: 18 October 2016

This event offered training for those providers completing a HEAPES return in December 2016. Any provider with a full-time or part-time distance-learning SNC, based in England, is required to complete the HEAPES survey. Guidance for completing your HEAPES16 return is available on the HEFCE website.

Annual briefing for alternative providers: 8 July 2016

This briefing is for alternative providers who hold existing course designation. It is designed for individuals who hold strategic oversight or responsibility for course designation. 

This event was an opportunity to hear:

  • policy updates from the Department for Education (DfE) for alternative providers in light of the May 2016 Government White Paper
  • HEFCE updates for the September 2016 redesignation and annual monitoring window.
  • information on how to apply for designation for postgraduate masters loans 2017-18
  • feedback from the HEFCE 2015 alternative providers’ satisfaction survey
  • discussion on the Higher Education and Research Bill
  • early information on the implications of Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) for alternative providers with course designation
  • a session with panel members from DfE and HEFCE.

The presentation slides from the event are also available.

Collaboration and development opportunities for alternative providers

This event was an opportunity to:

  • hear from a range of alternative providers on their positive experiences of collaboration within the sector
  • learn more about upcoming changes to the regulatory environment
  • attend a series of workshops promoting best practice.

To coincide with the event, we released a ‘getting started' guide to the National Student Survey for alternative providers and a series of FAQs about the Provision of Information requirements that providers must meet.

The presentation slides from the event are also available.

HEFCE also runs information events on other areas of work that the council covers. Details of forthcoming events are available on our events pages.

Page last updated 6 October 2017