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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 The information on this website is historical and is no longer maintained.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 London and was attended by heads of many of the HEFCE-funded higher education institutions as well as leaders of partner organisations.

This year's conference looked at the balance of funding between the state and individual graduates, with discussion about the public benefits of higher education and the individual reward for each student.

Liam Burns, Sir Alan Langlands and David Willetts spoke, and there were presentations by Professor Lord Winston, Frances Cairncross and Rana Mitter.

The quid pro quo of sector reform: promotion, protection and resistance

Liam Burns, National President, NUS

The Government view

The Rt Hon David Willetts MP, Minister of State for Universities and Science

Text of David Willetts' speech



Putting our best foot forward in the next spending review

Sir Alan Langlands, Chief Executive, HEFCE

Download the Presentation slides from Sir Alans' speech as PDF (1,252 KB)



Higher education and a volatile world economy

Frances Cairncross, Rector of Exeter College, University of Oxford

Download the Presentation slides from Frances Cairncross' speech as PDF (290 KB)



Humanities goes global: the public benefit to the UK of transitional higher education

Professor Rana Mitter, Professor of the History and Politics of Modern China, University of Oxford