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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 The information on this website is historical and is no longer maintained.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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In July 2013 HEFCE, on behalf of all four UK higher education funding bodies, issued a consultation on open access in the next Research Excellence Framework (REF). These events outlined the proposals and provided an opportunity for institutions to raise any issues for clarification and discussion. 

The events included:

  • presentations from the funding bodies on the consultation proposals
  • break-out sessions for attendees to share ideas, issues and emerging responses to the proposals.