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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 The information on this website is historical and is no longer maintained.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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HEFCE has set out information and guidance on the way it counts students for teaching funding purposes. This explains why counting students who complete their year of study is the best use of public money. It also sets out HEFCE's overall aims, and clarifies the definitions of 'completion' and 'non-completion'.