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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 The information on this website is historical and is no longer maintained.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 seminars will provide an overview of:

  • HEFCE funding and how it links to data
  • how to complete the HEIFES17 survey for different students
  • definitions used
  • the process of verifying the data.

There will be interactive sessions on completing the survey and opportunities to ask questions throughout the day.

Read more about HEIFES

Register for a seminar

Delegates can choose to attend a seminar at one of the following dates and locations. The content will be the same for each event.

  • London: 28 September. Friends House, 173-177 Euston Road, London NW1 2BJ
  • Bristol : 3 October. Mercure Bristol Holland House Hotel, Redcliffe Hill, Bristol, BS1 4SQ
  • Manchester: 12 October. King's House Conference Centre, King’s Church, Sidney Street, Manchester M1 7HB

Register for a seminar

We welcome up to two delegates per institution. Places will be assigned on a first come first served basis.

Who should attend

Attendees should either:

  • be completing the HEIFES17 return or the higher education fields of ILR data returns
  • have responsibility for ensuring the data has been verified
  • be looking to gain an understanding of the changes for 2017-18.

The event will cover HEFCE funding definitions that also apply to ILR data so this seminar is also suitable for people with responsibility for completing higher education fields of their college’s ILR returns. We also encourage attendance from higher education managers to increase their understanding of how their funding is calculated and to enable them to play a fuller part in checking the data.

No previous knowledge required

Delegates need no previous knowledge of the HEIFES return to attend, but we recommend that they know about the types of higher education courses at their college (for example, how and when they are delivered) and the college’s data collection systems.

We also recommend that delegates read our Guide to Funding 2017-18 before they attend.

Include a question in the seminar

If there are specific areas or questions you would like to be included in the seminar, please email