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 The information on this website is historical and is no longer maintained.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

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This briefing was intended to provide policy and procedural updates for alternative providers who hold specific course designation.  

The briefing provided:

  • policy updates from the Department of Business Innovation and Skills (BIS) for alternative providers in light of the May 2016 Government White Paper
  • HEFCE updates for the September 2016 redesignation and annual monitoring window
  • information on how to apply for designation for postgraduate masters loans 2017-18
  • feedback from the HEFCE 2015 alternative providers’ satisfaction survey
  • information on degree awarding powers
  • early information on the implications of Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) for alternative providers with course designation
  • Q&A session with panel members from BIS and HEFCE.

Presentations from the event

Opening speech and welcome
Susan Lapworth, Director (Regulation and Assurance), HEFCE

Download the Welcome_and_introduction_presentation as PDF (523 KB)

Government policy and alternative providers
Ian Coates, Director, Higher Education Strategy & Policy at Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS)

Download the Government_policy_and_alternative_providers_presentation as PDF (625 KB)

2016-17 annual monitoring and course designation application processes
Jack Smith, Senior Higher Education Policy Adviser, Specific Course Designation, HEFCE

Download the 2016-17_annual_monitoring_and_course_designation_processes_presentation as PDF (1,017 KB)

Alternative provider satisfaction survey
Rob Stroud, Head of Alternative Provider Engagement, HEFCE

Download the Alternative_provider_satisfaction_survey_presentation as PDF (1,015 KB)

Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)
Iain Mansfield, Deputy Director in Higher Education, BIS and Graeme Rosenberg, Head of TEF, HEFCE

Download the Teaching_Excellence_Framework_presentation as PDF (1,028 KB)

Discussion on the Higher Education Bill
Jean Arnold, Head of HE Gateways, HEFCE

Download the Discussion_on_the_Higher_Education_Bill_presentation as PDF (539 KB)

Further information can be obtained from the HEFCE course designation team via