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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 The information on this website is historical and is no longer maintained.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 review, commissioned by HEFCE in response to concerns about falling student numbers and the reduction in provision, was carried out in a personal capacity by Professor Michael Worton, Vice-Provost, University College London. Drawing on a range of data, it surveys current trends and makes recommendations to university language departments, university senior managers, HEFCE and Government, to ensure the long-term sustainability and vitality of modern foreign languages provision.

The HEFCE strategically important and vulnerable subjects advisory group will make recommendations on this report for discussion at the HEFCE Board meeting on 27 November 2009. HEFCE's response to the report will be published after the Board meeting.

  • 'Review of Modern Foreign Languages provision in higher education in England' (HEFCE 2009/41)