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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 The information on this website is historical and is no longer maintained.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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The data from HEIFES will:

  • give an early indication of the number of students on recognised higher education courses at further education colleges in 2017-18
  • inform our allocation of teaching funds for 2018-19 with data supplied to the Education and Skills Funding Agency.

If you have any other questions about this survey, please email

Page last updated 5 October 2017

Useful links
2017-18 guidance
2016-17 guidance