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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 The information on this website is historical and is no longer maintained.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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We aim to demonstrate that HE in this country is world-class. We also aim to encourage other countries to measure knowledge exchange in ways similar to the higher education-business and community interaction survey (HE-BCI) as the basis for benchmarking and working together.

The United States

Annual comparisons are made in the HE-BCI report between UK and US higher education institutions' (HEIs) commercialisation of intellectual property; US data is provided by kind permission of the Association of University Technology Managers (AUTM).

We have supported a comparison of UK and US performance as part of our series of research working papers into knowledge exchange.


The European Commission (Adobe PDF) and Proton Europe both draw on HE-BCI data to demonstrate levels of engagement by UK HEIs.

Further information

For further information about our work on international comparisons contact Alice Frost, tel 0117 931 7101, email

Page last updated 12 December 2014