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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 The information on this website is historical and is no longer maintained.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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'Higher Education in England', developed and published by HEFCE, takes a panoramic view of the character, size and scope of English HE. This high-level analysis draws attention to its considerable successes, and aims to explain core areas of the sector's work where there is a perceived lack of public clarity.

The book aims to ensure recognition of the HE sector and its importance among a readership at all levels. It targets a broad base of opinion-formers, including the Government, the political parties, commentators, key sector stakeholders, local heads of higher education institutions, and members of governing bodies.

Each chapter looks at a particular aspect of HE in England, and includes a commentary from an established expert in that field. The final chapter provides a discussion on the future of English HE between four dignitaries of the sector. Video and audio versions of this discussion are available on the HEFCE web-site.

  • 'Higher education in England: Achievements, challenges and prospects'