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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 The information on this website is historical and is no longer maintained.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 conference took place in Birmingham and attracted a large group of heads of HEFCE-funded higher education institutions and leaders of partner organisations.

This year's conference was on the theme of achieving excellence in a new world, in view of the planned changes to higher education funding and finance, and the anticipated government White Paper on higher education. It therefore offered a timely forum for discussion.

Sir Alan Langlands and Vince Cable spoke, and there were presentations by representatives from the academic and student communities.

Keynote speech: the Government view

The Rt Hon Dr Vince Cable MP Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills

Meeting the new world challenge

Sir Alan Langlands, Chief Executive, HEFCE

Download the AL_speech.pdf as PDF (155 KB)

The Challenges of University Reform: the view from Australia

Peter Coaldrake, Vice-Chancellor of Queensland University of Technology, Chair of the Board of Universities Australia, and Chair of the Organisation for Economic Development – Institutional Managemen in Higher Education

Download the PeterCoaldrake.pdf as PDF (100 KB)

Securing the student interest

Dora Meredith, President, University of Birmingham Guild of Students

Download the DM_slides.pdf as PDF (404 KB)

Tom Thompson, President, Birmingham City University Students' Union

Download the TT_slides.pdf as PDF (568 KB)

The challenge for learning and teaching

Professor Janet Beer, Vice-Chancellor, Oxford Brookes University

Anthony McClaran, Chief Executive, QAA

Download the AM_slides.pdf as PDF (154 KB)

The challenge for research

Professor Jonathan Bate, Professor of Shakespeare and Renaissance Literature, Warwick University
Professor Brian Cox, Professor of Particle Physics, University of Manchester

Download the BrianCox_slides.pdf as PDF (1,416 KB)