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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 The information on this website is historical and is no longer maintained.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 museums and galleries cover a wide range of topics, including fine arts, cartoons, design, science, archaeology and rural life.

The funding announcement was made following a review led by Sir Muir Russell, former Principal and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Glasgow. The review panel considered submissions against three criteria:

  • provision of service to the wider research community
  • provision of a high-quality teaching experience to the wider higher education community
  • activities which promote and provide the opportunity of successful participation in higher education and lifelong learning.

HEFCE Chief Executive, Sir Alan Langlands, said:

'Universities and colleges play an important role in the cultural heritage of the country, holding some of the finest and most important collections of artefacts in the country. By funding such a diverse and significant range of museums and galleries we recognise their important role in education and research and our responsibility to ensure that those collections are accessible to the public.'

The funding announced today recognises the significant extra cost incurred by universities supporting museums and galleries which provide such significant services to the higher education community outside of their host institution.

Complete list of funded museums and galleries