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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 The information on this website is historical and is no longer maintained.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 HEFCE Alternative Provider Engagement Team's annual event 'Collaboration and development opportunities for alternative providers' is for individuals with responsibility for strategic oversight or engagement with regulatory matters.

This full day event provided:

  • an opportunity to hear from alternative providers on their experiences of collaboration and dealing with sector development and change
  • an opportunity to network with providers of all types of higher education
  • talks to facilitate a greater awareness and understanding of the sector
  • afternoon workshops on relevant topics.



Yvonne Hawkins, Director – Universities and Colleges, HEFCE

Download the Introduction as PDF (844 KB)

Alternative provider engagement update and end-of-year summary

Rob Stroud, Head of Alternative Provider Engagement team, HEFCE

Download the AP_engagement_update_and_end-of-year_summary as PDF (445 KB)

Alternative Provider Engagement team: What we have learned and how we can help you

Joanne Lowe, Higher Education Policy Advisor, Alternative Provider Engagement team

Download the Alternative_Provider_Engagement_team_presentation as PDF (956 KB)

National Student Survey results: Getting ready to use your results

Mary Rowbottom, Texuna

Download the Getting_ready_to_use_your_results_presentation as PDF (10,857 KB)

Teaching Excellence Framework update

Ranjeet Dhinsa, Teaching Excellence Framework Project Officer, HEFCE

Download the Teaching_Excellence_Framework_update as PDF (520 KB)


Research in an alternative provider setting and supporting postgraduate students

Peter Rae, Nazarene Theological College

Download the Research_in_an_alternative_provider_setting_presentation as PDF (375 KB)

Postgraduate masters student loans

Amanda Thompson, Student Loans Company

Download the Postgraduate_masters_student_loans_presentation as PDF (562 KB)

Widening participation

Sam Dyer and Grace Simpson, HEFCE Student Opportunity team

Download the Widening_participation_in_APs_presentation as PDF (1,479 KB)


Leadership Foundation for Higher Education

Download the Leadership_Foundation_for_Higher_Education_presentation as PDF (277 KB)

Building networks

Joy Elliott-Bowman and Alex Proudfoot, Independent HE

Download the Building_networks_Independent_HE_presentation as PDF (364 KB)

Gordon McKenzie, GuildHE: No slides available

June Dennis,  UK College of Business and Computing

Download the Building_networks_UK_College_of_Business_and_Computing_presentation as PDF (576 KB)


Steph Wall and Hannah Cramer, Higher Education Statistics Agency, and Anna Sherratt, Analytical Services Directorate, HEFCE

Download the Data_presentation as PDF (844 KB)