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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 The information on this website is historical and is no longer maintained.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 policy sets out steps that will be taken where a higher education institution or further education college has failed to address issues of unsatisfactory quality under the existing processes.

Such failures might include an institution that has received two successive 'no confidence' judgements in audits for quality and standards carried out by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA); or where an institution does not agree to, or satisfactorily progress, an action plan following a 'no confidence' judgement.

HEFCE has developed the policy following consultation with the higher education sector, and discussion with Universities UK, Guild HE, the Association of Colleges, the Learning and Skills Council, and the QAA.

  • Policy for addressing unsatisfactory quality in institutions (HEFCE 2009/31)