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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 The information on this website is historical and is no longer maintained.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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Monitoring the health of subjects


Data on supply and demand

See data on the health of HE subjects

We base decisions to support subjects on evidence, which we gather and develop regularly.

This evidence, in part, comes from annual monitoring of:

  • Data from the Higher Education Statistics Agency
  • Data from the Destination of Leavers from Higher Education survey
  • UCAS application rates
  • A-level subjects studied
  • GCSE subjects studied.

We publish annual data about demand and supply in higher education subjects, and we have developed a searchable facility to enable visitors to our website to conduct their own analysis of this data.

In addition to quantitative data, we also gather information from institutions, other sector partners and those with a stake in the HE sector.

Using these sources of information we will, over the coming years, analyse and monitor the impact of the new funding and fee changes. Where necessary, we will work with others  to address risks to a particular subject.

Page last updated 27 January 2015