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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 The information on this website is historical and is no longer maintained.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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Over the past year, the Independent Review of the Role of Metrics in Research Assessment and Management has explored the use of metrics across the full range of academic disciplines, and assessed their potential contribution to processes of research assessment like the REF. 

The review’s final report, The Metric Tide, will be published on 9 July 2015. The Metric Tide event will allow senior decision-makers from across the higher education and research system to debate the review’s findings, and consider how these can be taken forward.

This event is now fully subscribed.


Follow the research assessment metrics discussion on Twitter with #HEFCEmetrics.