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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 The information on this website is historical and is no longer maintained.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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HEFCE's annual meeting was attended by chairs of the governing bodies of many universities and colleges, and other delegates with an interest in higher education.

Delegates heard presentations exploring the state of higher education in England and HEFCE's role in implementing the Government's reforms to higher education. On a day when students were voicing their concerns over tuition fee increases with a march through London, there was discussion of HEFCE’s proposed role as 'student champion’. Other issues raised included institutional autonomy and competition, regulation, and support for strategically important and vulnerable subjects.


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Sir Alan Langlands, Chief Executive, HEFCE

Principles, priorities and practices
Implementing change in higher education

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Heather Fry, Director (Education and Participation), HEFCE

Changing higher education

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‌ David Sweeney, Director (Research), HEFCE

Transforming society

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Steve Egan, Deputy Chief Executive, HEFCE

The future regulatory environment

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Question and answer

Delegates raised a variety of issues in the question and answer sessions.

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