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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 The information on this website is historical and is no longer maintained.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 wider information has two purposes:

  • to provide information about HE to a wide variety of audiences including: prospective and current students, students’ parents and advisers, employers, the media, and the institution itself
  • to form part of the evidence used within quality assurance reviews.

We recognise providers in England already make available a wide range of information about their institution and the courses they deliver. But we support institutions by providing broad guidance (see below) about what this information should, at a minimum, include. 

We also provide a number of resources on good practice in the provision of information, collated from the sector, which institutions may find helpful.  This guidance is explicitly signposted in Part C of the UK Quality Code for Higher Education, and its relationship with the Quality Code.

We provide guidance on:

  • information on institutional context 
  • information about aspects of courses and awards
  • information on the quality and standards of programmes. 

This guidance was last reviewed in December 2013 by the Higher Education Public Information Steering Group HEPISG.  It may be revised following the Review of the provision of information about higher education.

Guidance on the availability of wider information

Download the Guidance on the availability of wider information as PDF (155 KB)

Further information

Enquiries should be directed to Sarbani Banerjee, tel 0117 931 7056,

Page last updated 4 February 2015