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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 The information on this website is historical and is no longer maintained.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 four UK higher education funding bodies are consulting on detailed arrangements for research assessment in a second Research Excellence Framework.

We are hosting events on the consultation where institutions can raise any issues for clarification and discussion.

We will also be hosting a series of webinars, replicating key content from the consultation events. These are open to all interested parties.

Consultation webinars

  • REF consultation: Overall approach, UOA structure and Panels
    Tuesday 7 February 1000 – 1100
  • REF consultation: Staff and Outputs
    Thursday 9 February 1000 – 1100
  • REF consultation: Impact, environment and institutional level assessment
    Monday 13 February 1000 – 1100

Register for a webinar

To register to attend any of the above webinars please email with the following information:

  • name and email address
  • the title and date of the consultation webinar you wish to register for.

Individual email responses will not be sent. Access to each webinar will be provided to those registered to attend shortly before the event.