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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 The information on this website is historical and is no longer maintained.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 members of governing bodies of universities and colleges, and representatives of other organisations with an interest in higher education.

Tim Melville-Ross, Chair of HEFCE, welcomed delegates to the meeting. Chief Executive Alan Langlands reviewed HEFCE’s work and developments in the sector over the past year. Looking ahead, he proposed a 'new narrative' for higher education based on the vision of a diverse, dynamic system with students at its heart, a continuing focus on fair access and widening participation, and clear recognition of the significant contribution of universities and colleges to economic growth.

What's on the minds of university governors?

Heather Fry (Director, Education and Participation), Chris Millward (Associate Director) and Steve Egan (Deputy Chief Executive) spoke respectively about the collective student interest, economic growth, and regulation. Delegates posed a range of questions on these and other topics.

For the first time delegates and visitors to the HEFCE web-site were invited to tweet during the event, and there was plenty of comment throughout the morning on #hefceam.

Sir Alan Langlands, Chief Executive, HEFCE

Higher education and HEFCE in 2011-12 

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Heather Fry, Director (Education and Participation), HEFCE

Education and students in the new higher education environment

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Chris Millward, Associate Director, HEFCE

Higher education at the heart of economic growth 

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Steve Egan, Deputy Chief Executive, HEFCE

Securing stakeholder confidence – the contribution of good regulation

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