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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 The information on this website is historical and is no longer maintained.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 look to create these partnerships where other organisations are well placed with expertise or professional service that can help us achieve our aims and objectives, and we base these partnerships on joint working through projects.

Supporting universities as interactive partners

HEFCE funds the National Centre for Universities and Business (NCUB) along with the other three UK higher education funding bodies and other key higher education bodies in the UK.

NCUB is an independent and not-for-profit membership organisation that promotes, develops and supports university-business collaboration across the UK.

NCUB is working with partners to develop an online tool, konfer, to help businesses, of all sizes, connect with universities. 

The online tool has been designed to help businesses find opportunities for collaboration including research, researchers, facilities, equipment, funding and support; and establish opportunities for universities to find potential research partners.

Further information

For further information about our work contact Rachel Samuels, tel 0117 931 7136, email

Page last updated 6 May 2016