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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 The information on this website is historical and is no longer maintained.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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What are these changes about?

Each academic year we are responsible for distributing public funds for higher education in England

In 2012 the Government introduced changes to higher education funding. These changes allowed institutions to charge higher fees to students recruited from 2012 onwards.

In parallel, the Government gradually reduced the amount of funding it allocates directly to institutions through HEFCE.

We are now reviewing our approach to funding for teaching in light of these changes and to ensure that teaching funding reflects the wider vision set out in the Government’s May 2016 Higher Education White Paper.

In doing so we expect, together with Government, to set a direction of travel for funding through and beyond the Government’s planned transition to the Office for Students.

A number of changes to teaching funding have already been made for academic year 2016-17.

Consultation proposals

See the proposals

What are we doing?

For 2017-18 we are:

  • Consulting on proposals relating to teaching funding to support widening access and successful student outcomes, including progression to taught postgraduate study. 
  • Developing an approach to allocating the teaching funding we will receive from 2017-18 to support health, midwifery and allied professional education. We will put this into practice when the Government starts to finance this provision on the same basis as other areas of higher education.

We are also working with Government to develop proposals for other areas of teaching funding.

Page last updated 13 June 2016