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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 The information on this website is historical and is no longer maintained.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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This policy was implemented following a letter from the then Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills. A consultation was held in the autumn of 2007, and its outcomes published in April 2008. Various data was used to inform the withdrawal of funding.

The policy came into effect in 2008-09, and HEFCE circular letter 07/2008 advised institutions on the fundability status of students for that year.

Theological training for church ministry was granted an exceptional postponement of the application of the ELQ policy for two years. Since academic year 2010-11, the policy has applied as normal to these courses.

Reviewing the impact of the ELQ policy

Following a request from the Minister of State for Education and Intellectual Property in January 2009, we carried out an initial review of the impact of the policy, focusing on developing an evidence base that could be used to inform any subsequent reviews of the policy's impact.

Sector impact assessment

In developing the ELQ policy, we have undertaken a formal assessment of the impact ELQs will have on the HE sector in terms of regulatory burden, equality and diversity, and sustainable development.

Sector impact assessment of ELQs

Download the Sector impact assessment of ELQs as PDF (38 KB) | Download the Sector impact assessment of ELQs as MS Word (117 KB)

Further information

For further information about ELQs, contact Nicholas Dibley, email, tel 0117 931 7414. 

Page last updated 5 February 2015

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