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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 The information on this website is historical and is no longer maintained.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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Public and Corporate Economic Consultants (PACEC) and the University of Cambridge's Centre for Business Research produced a series of research working papers for us in 2010, using data and case studies from the Higher Education Innovation Fund (HEIF) 4 overview and third stream evaluation.

HEFCE commissioned Tomas Coates Ulrichsen of Cambridge University in 2014 to conduct an analysis of knowledge exchange performance in English higher education institutions and the impact of HEFCE funding.

Tomas Coates Ulrichsen, Professor Alan Hughes and Barry Moore at University of Cambridge conducted a study into ‘Measuring university-business links in the United States’ for HEFCE.

HEFCE commissioned PACEC (Public and Corporate Economic Consultants), in collaboration with the Centre for Business Research, Cambridge, to undertake exploratory and experimental research to consider ways to provide evidence on the value of student enterprise, including student start-ups and the contribution of students to spin-outs from English higher education institutions (HEIs). 

HEFCE commissioned a report by the Enterprise Research Centre into the current (2015) small to medium-sized enterprise (SME) population across England, which also produced maps that show size, sector distribution and growth and innovation levels of SMEs.

Tomas Coates-Ulrichsen of Cambridge University provided us with a think piece on the suitability of using income as a proxy for knowledge exchange outcome performance in 2016.

Page last updated 16 December 2016