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 The information on this website is historical and is no longer maintained.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

Key FSSG publications


FSSG programme 2016-18

In addition to its ongoing work FSSG has two projects in progress. An event is being planned in summer 2018 to launch the project reports.

Understanding income cross-flows and the sustainability of HE activities

This project builds on the most recent study on the sustainability of learning and teaching to provide an updated view of how the UK higher education sector generates income to fund the portfolio of activities it undertakes. It considers how the risks and opportunities that are emerging from the new environment could affect the future sustainability of the activities delivered by institutions.

An oversight group is guiding the review, chaired by FSSG member Professor Robert Van de Noort, Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Academic Planning and Resource), University of Reading. The review will provide insight principally for the Office for Students and UK Research and Innovation, given their responsibilities for monitoring financial sustainability and value for money. The outputs will also be informative for institutions' governing bodies and senior managers.

How institutions fund and sustain medium-scale research facilities

This project is researching and identifying the approaches institutions take to meeting the costs of operating and replacing medium-scale research facilities, and the extent to which these are factored into financial forecasts. It seeks to provide greater clarity on where the sharing of research equipment and facilities can be most successful, as well as providing advice about how different operating models impact on sustainability. It is also exploring the links between bidding for funding for research facilities and equipment, and the forward financial projections of the institution in terms of running and replacement costs for that equipment.

The oversight group for the project is chaired by FSSG member Professor Lisa Roberts, Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Research and Innovation, University of Leeds. The report will combine factual analysis of research equipment, facility and technician resource funding and costs; with case studies exploring good practice for sustaining these facilities, including the role of equipment and facility sharing.

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Page last updated 28 March 2018