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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 The information on this website is historical and is no longer maintained.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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This project considered how improved benchmarking could be achieved from the existing TRAC data.

The good practice guide identifies how indicators of performance could be derived from TRAC data, and provides some reanalysis of the costs of supervision and training of postgraduate research students and the ‘Industry’ category of research activity to enable better comparisons of research performance in these areas.

The guide made a number of recommendations and proposals, some of which have already been implemented and some which will be explored further.

Read the guide