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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 The information on this website is historical and is no longer maintained.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 new places will be available for full-time undergraduates in priority subject areas designated by the Government to support its New Industry, New Jobs policy, including science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

The Government will fund the costs of the student support and loans towards institutional fees, but will not provide additional HEFCE grant to institutions.

These places will relax but not remove the restriction on recruitment of full-time undergraduate students placed on institutions.

The share of places has been determined by the number of full-time undergraduates that entered in 2007-08 in the priority subjects that the Government identified. Where institutions have indicated to HEFCE that they are unable to take up their share of places, HEFCE has redistributed them pro-rata across the sector.

Annex B of HEFCE’s letter to universities and colleges shows the provisional distribution of places and represents the minimum number of places available to each institution. Final allocations will be published on Friday 31 July 2009.

  • 'Amendment to the funding agreements of 20 July 2009: provisional distribution of new student places for 2009-10' (HEFCE Circular letter 15/2009)
  • Letter from Higher Education Minister, David Lammy
  • 31 July news item on institutions' final share of the places