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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 The information on this website is historical and is no longer maintained.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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The framework is intended to increase efficiency and effectiveness in use of public funding for knowledge exchange (KE), to further a culture of continuous improvement in university KE by providing a package of support to keep English university knowledge exchange operating at world class standard. It aims to address the range of different KE activities.

HEFCE is working with various stakeholders to develop the knowledge exchange framework including HEIs, Universities UK, Auril, PraxisUnico and other KE professional bodies, NCUB, research councils and Innovate UK.

Why we are developing the framework

The Government has asked HEFCE to lead on developing the knowledge exchange framework, most recently in the Government’s Industrial Strategy ‘Building a Britain fit for the future’ in November 2017.

There are two key strands to the Knowledge Exchange Framework (KEF):


Page last updated 1 December 2017