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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 The information on this website is historical and is no longer maintained.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 funding bodies are pleased to announce appointments of the four main panel chairs designate for the first Research Excellence Framework (REF) exercise. These are:

  • Main Panel A: Professor Stephen Townley Holgate – MRC Clinical Professor of Immunopharmacology, University of Southampton
  • Main Panel B: Professor Dame Ann Dowling – Head of Department of Engineering, University of Cambridge
  • Main Panel C: Professor Dame Janet Finch – Professor of Sociology, University of Manchester
  • Main Panel D: Professor Bruce Brown – Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research, Economic and Social Engagement), University of Brighton.

Following the announcement of a year delay, the timetable for the REF has now been published.

The REF Equality and Diversity Advisory Group has also been established and has held a successful first meeting.