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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 The information on this website is historical and is no longer maintained.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 institutional sustainability agenda, developed by the Financial and Sustainability Strategy Group (FSSG), will play a role in the Government’s new regulatory framework for higher education. The sector will probably implement it as an example of ‘voluntary self-regulation’ that will be put into practice in the Committee of University Chairs (CUC) Code of Governance.  

This will have implications for all institutions, some of which have already been explored and tested by the universities which piloted the FSSG approach in 2012.  There will also be changes to the calculation of the full economic cost of research projects with the introduction of the new Margin for Sustainability and Investment replacing the TRAC cost adjustments.  

Who should attend? 

This conference will provide an opportunity for university governors and senior officers to hear the latest thinking from the CUC and FSSG, and from universities already using this approach to managing their own sustainability, and to examine the implications for their own institutions.  

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