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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 The information on this website is historical and is no longer maintained.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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We will be directly funding new publicly-funded providers of higher education from 2014-15. We invited applications from providers to join the HEFCE-funded sector from 2014-15 as the Government has changed regulations on access to student support. From 2014-15, only publicly-funded providers that are in a funding relationship with HEFCE will continue to be automatically designated for student support.

On 17 October 2013, higher education managers and staff with responsibility for data management attended a workshop.

This focused on:

  • key topics, including funding and student number controls for 2014-15, and data returns
  • training to help providers successfully complete the HEIFES survey
  • giving providers the first opportunity to meet with and network with HEFCE staff.

Presentation slides

What colleges should expect when joining the HEFCE-funded sector

Download the expectations_joining_HEFCEfunded_sector as PDF (996 KB)

Funding and student number controls

Download the Funding_SNCs_new_entrant_colleges_201415 as PDF (926 KB)

Introduction to the HEIFES13 tables and the HEIFES13 population

Download the introduction_HEIFES_tables_slides as PDF (599 KB)

HEIFES13 – definitions

Download the HEIFES_definitions as PDF (550 KB) 

Good practice, accessing HEIFES13 and data verification

Download the data_verification_slides as PDF (651 KB)


930 Registration
1000 Welcome, introduction, and background
1015 Overview of requirements of HEFCE-funded institutions
1045 Q&A session
1100 Introduction to Funding
1145 Break
1200 Introduction to the student number control
1300 Lunch
1345 Higher Education in Further Education Students (HEIFES) Survey – Introductory training (part 1)
1500 Break
1515 HEIFES introductory training (part 2)
1630 Q&A session
1700 Close