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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 The information on this website is historical and is no longer maintained.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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Latest news

Differences in student degree and employment outcomes

28 March 2018

This report examines how outcomes vary for different student groups based on a range of factors including gender, disability, educational disadvantage, age, ethnicity and entry qualifications. For the first time this data also includes outcomes for BTEC students.

REF panel membership appointments announced

23 March 2018

The first set of panel members for the next Research Excellence Framework has been confirmed.

Universities receive £1.5 million to support mental health and wellbeing for postgraduate research students

22 March 2018

Funding totalling £1.5 million has been awarded by HEFCE to 17 universities in England, to improve support for the mental health and wellbeing of postgraduate research students. Five further universities are involved in the scheme as partners in joint projects. The HEFCE funding is being matched by the participating institutions.

Why students should take part in the National Student Survey

21 March 2018

Students across the country are being encouraged to participate in this year’s National Student Survey (NSS), which closes on 30 April 2018.

Financial health of the higher education sector: variable performance trend continues

20 March 2018

The financial results for the English higher education sector in 2016-17 were sound overall, but there is significant variation in the financial performance and position of individual universities and colleges.

New medical training places announced under expansion programme

20 March 2018

The Department of Health and Social Care has announced the second phase of a medical training expansion programme which is funding a total of 1,500 new medical student places. This is the largest ever expansion of medical training, adding a quarter more places to the previous total.

Subject-level TEF: Government consultation

12 March 2018

The Department for Education is inviting responses to a technical consultation on development of the TEF at subject level.

HEFCE conference brings together universities and colleges working on safeguarding students

20 February 2018

The February 2018 conference will enable project teams to begin to establish communities of practice for key safeguarding areas and to share best practice.

Panel members appointed for the first year of piloting TEF at subject level

12 February 2018

Expert panel members have been appointed to carry out assessments for the Teaching Excellence and Student Outcomes Framework subject-level pilot project during spring 2018.

HEFCE introduces first ever measure of vocational degrees

09 February 2018

For the first time, it is possible to compare subjects based on how vocational they are, using a new measure called the occupations subject concentration ratio, or OSCR.

£20 million awarded to develop an Institute of Coding to train next generation of digital specialists

25 January 2018

HEFCE has awarded £20 million to a consortium of more than 60 universities, businesses and industry experts to establish an Institute of Coding.

Universities and colleges receive £6.1 million to develop courses to teach the skills of the future

23 January 2018

Over 30 universities and colleges in England have been awarded a share of £6.1 million by HEFCE to develop new and enhanced higher education courses.

TEF panels announced as assessment phase begins

22 January 2018

As 126 higher education providers apply to take part in Year Three of the Teaching Excellence and Student Outcomes Framework, HEFCE has appointed the expert panel and assessors who will carry out the assessments.

New support for higher education courses in specialist healthcare disciplines

18 January 2018

A new £3 million programme has been launched to support higher education in small, specialist healthcare disciplines that are experiencing difficulty in recruiting or retaining students.

HEFCE Chair receives Knighthood

01 January 2018

HEFCE’s Chair, Tim Melville-Ross, has been awarded a Knighthood in the 2018 Queen’s New Year Honours list.

REF sub-panel chairs announced

06 December 2017

The 34 sub-panel chairs for the next Research Excellence Framework have been confirmed.

University of Bath: retirement terms of Vice-Chancellor

06 December 2017

The Higher Education Funding Council (HEFCE) has received a letter asking us to look into governance issues concerning the University of Bath’s decision on the retirement terms of its Vice-Chancellor, Professor Dame Glynis Breakwell.

Work to develop knowledge exchange comparison framework gets under way

01 December 2017

HEFCE has set up a technical advisory group to begin the development of Knowledge Exchange Framework metrics, and is calling for evidence to inform the work of the group.

Wellbeing stronger in higher education graduates

29 November 2017

HEFCE has published a report that shows graduates in the UK have a greater sense of personal wellbeing and life satisfaction than those without a higher education qualification.

Funding bodies confirm shape of REF 2021

21 November 2017

Decisions on the Research Excellence Framework provide clarity to the sector on implementation of Lord Stern’s review, following extensive consultation.