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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 The information on this website is historical and is no longer maintained.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.

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The report proposes a three-point plan comprising work to achieve a shared policy commitment between the sector and its major funders and partners; actions by the higher education (HE) sector; and actions by the Government. It identifies key areas in which universities and colleges will need to take action to maintain and enhance the student experience in a way that is efficient and sustainable.

The strategy group acknowledges that the Government has been generous in its funding of teaching over the past decade.

The main threats to sustainability of learning and teaching are identified in three aspects of the student learning experience:

  • accessibility of staff to students
  • physical infrastructure for teaching and learning
  • student support services.

The report reviews the evidence about the nature and strengths of the student HE experience in England, how the learning and teaching experience has changed since the 1990s, the pressures in the sector, and what could be done to alleviate these pressures while improving the sustainability of HE.

The report titled 'The sustainability of learning and teaching in English higher education' was produced by a sub-group of FSSG chaired by Professor Geoffrey Crossick, Warden, Goldsmiths, University of London.