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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 The information on this website is historical and is no longer maintained.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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Impact of higher education institutions on regional economies 

We ran a joint research programme to promote better understanding of the economic and social impact of UK higher education institutions on their regions and on the nation.

The programme was funded by the Economic and Social Research Council in partnership with the Scottish Funding Council, Department for Employment and Learning in Northern Ireland, HEFCE and the Higher Education Funding Council for Wales. It ran for three years from 2007 to 2010 with a total budget of £3 million.

The following research projects were supported under the programme:

Social impact

Students and graduates

Regional competitivenes

University-industry relationships


Further information

Current discussion papers for the initiative

For further information about these research projects contact Alice Frost, tel 0117 931 7428, e-mail

Page last updated 19 December 2014