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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 The information on this website is historical and is no longer maintained.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 lunchtime question and answer panel debate, also webcast live via the Efficiency Exchange. The event will take place between 1230 and 1415. 

Shared services can deliver efficiencies, value-for-money and a better quality student experience – and yet they raise a number of issues. For example:

  • What are the benefits and challenges?
  • What skills and processes do we need?
  • What about VAT?

This panel debate will help stimulate the discussion about shared services with the chance to pose questions to the panel.

If you are unable to join attend, the debate will be webcast live on the Efficiency Exchange with the opportunity to participate via Twitter .

The event marks the launch of new guidance on Cost Sharing Group VAT Exemption from HEFCE and a new Shared Services section on the Efficiency Exchange offering a range of resources, guidance and case studies.

How to book

Who’s on the panel?

  • Simon Fanshawe, OBE (Chair)
  • Steve Butcher, Head of Procurement and Shared Services, Hefce
  • Chris Cobb, Chief Operating Officer and University Secretary, University of London
  • Tim Marshall, Jisc Executive Director Technology and Infrastructure and Divisional CEO, Janet
  • Andrew Rothwell, Centre for Global Sourcing and Services, Loughborough University