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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 The information on this website is historical and is no longer maintained.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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Guests of Honour: Professor Les Ebdon, Director, Office for Fair Access and Rt Hon Alan Milburn, Independent Reviewer on Social Mobility and Child Poverty, HM Government.

This timely seminar will bring together key policymakers with stakeholders - including schools, colleges, universities, social action groups and regulators - to discuss how greater participation from disadvantaged groups can be achieved, and how fair access to England's universities can be furthered.

The seminar will be timed to follow Alan Milburn's report on fair access to universities, due to be released this spring and in light of the widened powers given to the Office for Fair Access as a result of the increase in tuition fees.