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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 The information on this website is historical and is no longer maintained.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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Following a period of consultation, HEFCE has set out a revised funding agreement with the institutions it funds. This will come into effect on 1 August 2010.

This new agreement details a clear relationship between HEFCE and the institutions it funds, based on principles of mutual trust and transparency.

It takes full account of key points of dialogue and discussion raised through the consultation, including accountability for corporate leadership, quality and standards, governance and financial management.

The resulting document:

  • clarifies the formal relationship between HEFCE, governing bodies and heads of institutions
  • places the emphasis on identifying and preventing failures of internal control rather than solving them once they have occurred
  • clarifies corrective measures in the rare event that things go wrong.
  • Revised financial memorandum 2010 (HEFCE 2010/19)
  • Consultation on changes to the model financial memorandum (HEFCE 2009/46)