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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 The information on this website is historical and is no longer maintained.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 Teaching Excellence Framework - development and implementation post-Higher Education and Research Act

Tuesday 5 December 2017, 0830 - 1300, Central London

This Westminster Forum Project seminar will discuss the possible composition of TEF subject-level pilots, the potential challenges of delivery and its impact on ratings. 

HEFCE Annual Meeting 2017

Thursday 26 October, 1000 - 1300 followed by lunch, London

The meeting offers an opportunity for Chairs of Governing bodies from universities, colleges and higher education providers in the private sector to learn more about recent HEFCE developments, and provides a forum for questions.

HEFCE Conference 2017

Thursday 12 October 2017, 1030 – 1700, London

The conference is an invitation-only event for heads of higher education providers in England and representatives of HE stakeholder organisations. 

Expansion of Undergraduate Medical Education Places - briefing event

Tuesday 10 October 2017, 1400 - 1600, HEFCE London Office, 15-17 Furnival Street

The subject of this briefing event is the call for submissions under the expansion of undergraduate medical education to allocate 1,000 additional medical student places.

Next steps for postgraduate taught education: Funding, teaching quality and student experience

9 October, London

This conference will assess the changing landscape of postgraduate education and discuss future priorities for policy. Chris Millward, HEFCE's Director (Policy), will give a keynote address at this Westminster Forum event.

Prevent Annual Report Surgeries

Monday 25 September, Finlaison House, London
Wednesday 4 October, Holiday Inn, Manchester City Centre
Monday 9 October, Finlaison House, London

This series of events are intended for HE Providers to receive further advice and guidance ahead of the 1st December annual report submissions.

First stage consultation events: developing a feedback survey for taught postgraduates

Thursday 21 September, Bristol
Friday 29 September, Manchester

The four UK HE funding bodies held two events to seek early views from the sector on aspects of a national feedback survey for taught postgraduate students.

HEIFES17 beginners and refresher seminars: HEIFES tables and guidance for 2017-18

28 September, London; 3 October, Bristol; 12 October, Manchester

These seminars are intended for people who will be completing HEIFES17, those responsible for verifying the data, and people looking to gain an understanding of the changes for 2017-18. There is no charge for attending a seminar.

Achieving change through partnership - the National Collaborative Outreach Programme national conference

Monday 18 September 2017, 0930 - 1630, Birmingham

Coming part way through the first year of the programme, the conference will provide a chance for those involved with NCOP at a national and local level to explore what successful change looks like.

HESES17 beginners’ workshop: How to complete HESES tables for 2017-18

13 September, 0930-1600, London

This workshop is a beginners’ session for people who will be completing HESES for the first time in 2017-18, or those who need a back-to-basics introduction. 

Developing student and graduate entrepreneurship

Tuesday 27 June 2017, 0900-1300, Central London

This Westminster Forum Projects conference will focus on how universities can best support students and graduates to start their own businesses and scale them up.

National Student Survey (NSS) data dissemination workshop for alternative providers

Wednesday 7 June 2017

This all-day event was designed to support providers in their use and access of NSS results.  

Catalyst Fund: Addressing barriers to student success programme event

8 May 2017, 1030-1530, Crowne Plaza Hotel, Birmingham City Centre

This event was the first meeting of the 17 successful projects funded under the Catalyst Fund: Addressing barriers to student success programme.

Women onto Boards receptions

8 May 2017, London; 11 May 2017, Cardiff; 8 June 2017, Belfast; 15 June 2017, Edinburgh; 27 June 2017, Leeds

The Leadership Foundation and Women on Boards UK have organised five national Women onto Boards receptions.

HEFCE training on HE in ILR and Unistats data

4 May, London and 9 May, Manchester

Two events were hosted for college staff, one in London (Thursday 4 May 2016) and one in Manchester (Tuesday 9 May).

Degree Apprenticeships Conference

Thursday 4 May 2017, 0930–1600, The Studio, 7 Cannon Street, Birmingham

This event will provide an opportunity for colleagues to reflect with their peers on some of the emerging questions in the developing area of degree apprenticeships.

Institute of Coding briefing

Monday 24 April 2017, 0930-1300, Congress Centre, 28 Great Russell Street, WC1B 3LS, London

An opportunity to hear from the HEFCE policy team and ask questions about the Institute of Coding competition.

Collaboration and development opportunities for alternative providers

Monday 24 April 2017, London

The HEFCE Alternative Provider Engagement Team's annual event.

Graduates and the labour market: Improving employability, addressing skills gaps and latest recruitment practices

Thursday 30 March 2017, Central London

This Westminster Forum Projects event will bring out the latest thinking and initiatives to improve graduate employment outcomes.

Prevent: The Board's role in providing assurance

16 March 2017, London

This seminar from the Leadership Foundation will support governing bodies in meeting their assurance roles in regards to the Prevent duty. 

Next steps for widening participation: Key target groups, reforming admissions processes and best practice in outreach

21 March, London

Sarah Howls, HEFCE's Head of Student Opportunity, is speaking at this Westminster Higher Education Forum event.

National Collaborative Outreach Programme launch event

Tuesday 24 January 2017, 0930-1545, The Studio, 7 Cannon Street, Birmingham

This event marked the launch of the National Collaborative Outreach Programme.

Research Excellence Framework (REF) consultation events

16 - 27 January, various locations

Events to outline the key questions and proposals of the consultation on the second Research Excellence Framework.

Research Excellence Framework (REF) consultation webinars

7, 9 and 13 February

A series of webinars on the consultation on the second Research Excellence Framework.

Annual Provider Review (HEFCE)

Wednesday 18 January, 0930-1500, The Walforf Hilton Hotel, Aldwych, London

The event gave providers more details on the Annual Provider Review (APR) process and other projects supporting the revised operating model.