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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 The information on this website is historical and is no longer maintained.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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The UNLTD ‘Lead the change’ HE support programme national conference will showcase much of the learning from a year of exceptional work for social ventures supported by higher education. 

It will set out:

  • the social ventures being created
  • the practical ways in which staff and student bodies at higher education institutions have found and supported social entrepreneurs
  • the support needed within institutions to make it possible
  • the potential for the education sector to become world leaders in enabling social innovation.

Most of the day will be hosted by experts (institutions, social entrepreneurs and other experienced parties) talking through live examples, and inviting ideas and questions.

The conference will also host the HE Social Entrepreneurship Champions of Change Recognition Awards, to acknowledge the outstanding achievements of individuals within higher education institutions who have demonstrated an exceptional and inspirational commitment to social entrepreneurship and social enterprise activity.