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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 The information on this website is historical and is no longer maintained.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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About the review

The review will focus on information for three purposes: to support student decision making, but also enhancement of learning and teaching and innovation, and to contribute to quality assurance and public accountability.  

We will aim to identify what information is needed to serve these three purposes and how it should be provided.

We are undertaking the review in two stages. We are consulting now on stage one, to make some changes now in time for 2017, and to seek early views on some exploratory areas for implementation after 2017. 

We may need to consult again in the future. This will be stage two. This approach will allow us to reflect any changes that may be needed to our approach arising from policy developments such as the Teaching Excellence Framework. 

The two stages comprise the following:

Stage One: Consultation in 2015 (this consultation)

Changes to information for implementation in 2017

  • Review of Unistats and the Key information Set to inform changes to information published on Unistats in 2017.
  • Information published by institutions.
  • Review of the National Student Survey to inform a new survey in 2017.

Changes to information for implementation after 2017

  • Methods for capturing qualitative data (first-hand accounts) from students for publication
  • Seeking feedback from undergraduate students not included in the NSS.
  • Seeking feedback from taught postgraduate students.

Stage Two: For future consultation if needed (not included in this consultation)

Learning indicators – developing:

  • effective measures of the factors that contribute to high-quality learning
  • fit-for-purpose measures of outcomes from HE.

This will include (but not be confined to) changes that may be needed arising from:

  • The outcomes of the quality assessment consultation in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, and the Teaching Excellence Framework in England.
  • The review of destinations and outcomes managed by HESA, which will be extended to consider broader types of outcomes information, including salary data available through HM Revenue and Customs records.
  • The Learning gain pilot programme in England.

Other changes which may be needed after 2017, building on feedback from the 2015 consultation.

This consultation represents stage one of the review. It is a joint consultation by all four funding bodies and the outcomes will apply across the UK.

Page last updated 22 July 2016