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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 The information on this website is historical and is no longer maintained.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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What does the data show?

The data provide a broad range of information, including location of HE provision, student numbers and characteristics, graduate employment, economic factors, and gaps in young participation.

The data can be broken down by region or Local Enterprise Partnership. 

Local growth maps and data

We publish a toolkit of data maps, which explore a wide selection of higher education and economic data.

'The data have been used to inform higher education programme growth and development. This is to meet further focussed employer and employment sector demand as highlighted in the data.'

- New College Durham.

Colleges, working with local enterprise partnerships, can use these data to develop and build on their understanding of HE, within their localities and in the wider community.

How can further education colleges use the data?

The toolkit allows colleges to get a better understanding of the role they have in their local area. It also highlights the specific contribution that they can make.

'The maps have provided a valuable resource to inform strategic planning and curriculum development. Including the content, recruitment opportunities, STEM subject shortages, and the need for development at further education level.'

-Weston College.

Colleges can use the maps to inform discussions with local partners – such as Local Enterprise Partnerships - and could be used to help support bids for funding.

The tool draws on a broad dataset, which can be cut in different ways to consider different factors: location, student demographics, and numbers by subject area.

The gaps in young participation data may also be of particular interest for informing outreach activities.


Page last updated 3 February 2015