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 The information on this website is historical and is no longer maintained.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


TDG programme 2016-18

In addition to its ongoing work to maintain the TRAC system and provide day-to-day support to those using TRAC, TDG produces reports and best practice resources for the higher education sector. Three projects have been undertaken in the 2016-18 period:

Understanding the impact of different models for delivering undergraduate teaching: benefits, opportunities, resources and risks

This project aims to understand the impact of different models of delivery for HE undergraduate courses (for example, distance learning, accelerated degrees and apprenticeships), exploring the benefits, opportunities, resourcing and risk to higher education institutions (HEIs) in the UK. A desk-based review of information on different delivery methods undertaken in 2017 informed work with selected HEIs to produce case studies to enhance understanding of the resource and other issues associated with different delivery methods.

The resulting report, to be published in late spring 2018, aims to provide a source of reference for institutions to consider in developing HE provision via different delivery models, and enable improved sustainability by increasing understanding of the issues faced by HEIs introducing new delivery models.

To guide the review an oversight group is in place chaired by Sarah Randall-Paley, Director of Finance at Lancaster University.

Workload Planning (WLP) – further guidance on using WLP in TRAC

This work will produce a good practice guide that extends the existing Management Information Project on workload planning (2011) to provide details of how institutions can practically use and adapt their WLP models to meet TRAC requirements.

A survey of HEIs' use of WLP and a number of case study visits to institutions have been completed to inform development of a guide, which is due to be published in spring 2018.

Assurance on TRAC post-FRS 102

The new Financial Reporting Standard (FRS 102) brought about significant changes. TDG has evaluated whether the changes made to the TRAC guidance were appropriate, and has updated it as needed for submissions in early 2018.

Alongside this review, an assurance exercise on TRAC structures, people and processes has been undertaken at a small number of HEIs and a helpful guide to developing an assurance framework for TRAC was published in March 2018 to assist institutions in achieving compliance with TRAC requirements.

If you would like further information on TDG's current work, please contact the TRAC support unit.

Page last updated 28 March 2018