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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 The information on this website is historical and is no longer maintained.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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How to apply 

We’ve put together some useful information to help you through the application process. 

Step 1 – Setting up

When you first apply, you’ll be asked to register your details and create a password. This means you can save your application and come back to edit and complete it later – as long as you do so before the closing date. 

Tip: The closing date is always midnight on the date listed on the advert. 

Step 2 – Completing your application

There are five sections to the application form: Personal details, Career and Education, Additional information, Equal opportunities and Review and submit section. 

Career and education

In the work history section, you’ll need to give reasons for any gaps in employment in the last three years. This is to help us with our security checks. 

Equal opportunities questionnaire

You’ll be asked to complete an equal opportunities questionnaire as part of your application. This helps us ensure information is treated as confidential and has no bearing in your assessment. You don’t have to complete the form, and it certainly won’t affect your application if you choose not to. 

Tip: Keep your answers to the point, as some sections have word limits 

Step 3 – Submitting your application

There are a few checks you should carry out before you hit submit. First, make sure you’ve completed all sections marked with an asterisk; these are compulsory. Second, make sure you’ll be free to attend the interview. The date will always be specified on the advert. 

Tip: You won’t be able to access your application once you hit submit, so be sure to print a copy for your own reference. 

Step 4 – Hearing back

We’ll stay in touch with you via email throughout the recruitment process. As well as letting you know the outcome of your application, we’re happy to give you feedback available. Just ask, and we’ll get back to you within five working days. 

Eligibility to work at HEFCE

We can only accept applications from candidates who are legally entitled to work in the UK. This is because of Government guidelines for non-departmental public bodies

Baseline security checks

Before you start, we’ll carry out a number of background and security checks. These will include: 

  • identity checks, which are usually proven by showing your passport, photo ID, utility bills or bank statements
  • a three-year employment history, including the names and addresses of previous employers and dates of employment. You’ll also need to explain any gaps in employment of a month or more
  • proof of your nationality and immigration status, like your National Insurance number or an equivalent, if needed
  • confirmation of permission to work in the UK, if appropriate
  • proof of any necessary qualifications or licenses
  • details of any unspent criminal convictions. 

If you’ve been out of the country for six months or more in the past three years, we’ll also ask you to give a reasonable account of the time you spent abroad. 

We only accept original documents for identification purposes, never copies.


If you have any questions we haven’t covered, please email us at 

If you’re having trouble using the website due to access or disability, or if your query is urgent, you always call us on 0117 931 7444.