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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 The information on this website is historical and is no longer maintained.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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This is a joint event between the Higher Education Academy and HEFCE to discuss the continuing challenges to access, widening participation, retention and success.

About the event 

Six syntheses of the literature and resources in the HEA’s new Widening access, student retention and success (WASRS) national programmes archive will be launched at this event.  

These syntheses explore publications produced by national widening access, student retention and success programmes and will assist readers using the research and practice-based resources hosted on the WASRS dedicated webpage. 

The event will also launch HEFCE’s new widening participation in higher education toolkits. These draw on existing outreach resources and offer practical guidance in four areas: 

  • targeting
  • partnership
  • programmes
  • evaluation. 

The event will be an opportunity to find out more about the toolkits and to discuss how they can be used to support and develop outreach for WP in the new higher education context. 

Through its workshops, panel discussion and keynote presentation by Professor Les Ebdon CBE DL, Director of Fair Access to Higher Education (OFFA), the programme is designed to maximise the opportunities for engagement and participation by delegates. 

Who should attend? 

The event is aimed at widening participation managers and those at senior level with responsibility for widening participation in higher education institutions. But academics, educational practitioners and interested policy-makers are all welcome to attend. 

How to book 

To reserve a place at this event please e-mail

Further information on the Higher Education Academy web-site