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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 The information on this website is historical and is no longer maintained.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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New information about TRAC and financial sustainability published from April 2018 can be found via the Office for Students website.

Information published up to March 2018 will continue to be available on these pages.


These web pages provide resources and information for the higher education sector on current developments and good practice relevant to financial and academic sustainability. They also include the TRAC Guidance and associated materials.

Who supports financial sustainability?

We offer strategic support through the Financial Sustainability Strategy Group. This group leads evidence-based policy research.

We also offer tactical support through the TRAC Development Group. This group provides oversight of TRAC, and develops good-practice guidance to help institutions operate in a financially sustainable way. 

Current priorities and developments

FSSG and TDG publish newsletters and bulletins. These offer a quick and easy way to learn about each group’s work.

The Transparent Approach to Costing (TRAC)

These pages now provide access to the TRAC Guidance that applies from 2016-17, including:


Page last updated 28 March 2018