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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 The information on this website is historical and is no longer maintained.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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The UK funding bodies are currently in the process of evaluating NSS 2017 to ascertain how the new survey has worked in practice and to pick up on any emergent issues, either with the survey itself or the implementation process.

The evaluation commenced in early 2017 with an online student experience questionnaire being offered to students as an optional follow-up survey once they had completed NSS 2017. 84,435 students responded to the questionnaire.

An online questionnaire was also made available to institutions, via the NSS contacts, during summer 2017. There were 113 higher education providers that responded to the institutional survey. 

A report detailing findings from the student and institutional online surveys will follow shortly.

A wider institutional evaluation of the new NSS is planned for autumn 2018 when institutions have seen their NSS 2018 results and are able to assess the impact of the changes made from the 2017 survey findings.


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Page last updated 13 March 2018