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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 The information on this website is historical and is no longer maintained.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 established annual Vitae researcher development international conference is the largest dedicated event that brings together all those with a strategic and practical role in developing researchers.

HEFCE's Steven Hill will be speaking at this conference about 'Understanding the transition to doctoral study'.

See the Vitae web-site 

This event coincides with the following publications:


    This report compares postgraduate education in Australia, England, Germany, India, Norway, Scotland, Spain and the United States. It concentrates on the overarching themes of quality, access and employment outcomes of postgraduate education.


    This study focuses on the recruitment of students to research degree programmes (PhD and MPhil), the selection of PGR students from the candidate pool and the role of PGR students in the higher education research base.

Understanding the transition to doctoral study

Presentation: Steven Hill, Head of Research Policy, HEFCE

Download the Understanding the transition to doctoral study as PDF (900 KB)