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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 The information on this website is historical and is no longer maintained.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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HEFCE is holding a webinar to launch a collection of data on the impact institutions have on their regions and local areas.

We are launching a new and impressive data collection that looks at the pattern of higher education (HE) at both Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) and regional level.

It includes data relating to:

  • student numbers
  • student characteristics
  • graduate employment
  • higher education's interaction with business and the community.

The data will help to support universities and colleges in their discussions with LEPs and Combined Authorities to understand:

  • the scale and impact institutions have on an area and the significant contribution universities and colleges can make to the delivery of the local Strategic Economic Plan
  • opportunities for coordination that will help institutions and local partners identify more effective delivery within and between LEP areas locally and nationally
  • progress made in widening participation and what more needs to be done in different local communities to ensure this continues to improve  
  • how valuable these data are to build credible evidence when seeking to evidence investment decisions

This work follows on from ‘HE cold spots’, a set of highly detailed data maps on the provision of higher education across England.

To follow the webinar on Twitter, please use #HElocalgrowth

If you would like to attend please e-mail