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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 The information on this website is historical and is no longer maintained.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 - www.hefce.ac.uk - 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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Sir Alan Langlands, Chief Executive of HEFCE, said:

'We are pleased that this new framework recognises the crucial role that higher education and research have in delivering the country's twin aims of a vibrant economy and a just society. The key themes of opportunity, excellence and impact build on the achievements of universities and colleges in recent years and provide a strong platform for further progress.

'HEFCE will continue to work closely with universities, colleges and other partners to implement the main tenets of the framework: respecting the fundamentals of higher education; delivering the knowledge and high level skills required to help the professions, businesses and public services to innovate and prosper; and promoting research excellence across a wide range of academic disciplines.'

The higher education framework (BIS web-site)