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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 The information on this website is historical and is no longer maintained.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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fdf (Foundation Degree Forward) was established in 2003 as a national body to support the development and validation of high quality Foundation degrees. HEFCE funds fdf to support employer engagement across work-based programmes. fdf works in partnership with employers, employer organisations, higher education institutions and interest groups to ensure that the development of work-based higher -level skills training is driven by the needs of employers and students.

fdf is seeking expressions of interest from individuals who can contribute to their work through their experience of higher education and employer and/or employee perspectives on workforce development, education and training. It is seeking to maintain a balance of expertise across the Board, and to ensure that the Board represents the diversity to which the organisation is committed.