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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 The information on this website is historical and is no longer maintained.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 final report on the survey is published today following publication of a summary report in September by Universities UK.

The survey aimed to develop a nationally representative picture of attitudes to public investment in HE and its perceived benefits to the UK economy. It included a cross-section of adults aged 15 years and over across Great Britain, and ran between 31 July and 6 August 2010.

It found that:

  • 90 per cent of those surveyed thought it was important for the Government to invest in HE, of which 59 per cent thought it was very important
  • 80 per cent said that public investment in HE should either increase or stay the same
  • widening access or the benefits of HE to the economy were the most common unprompted reasons for increasing public investment
  • consistently around 70 per cent of the respondents acknowledged HE's benefits to skills, business development, the arts, and the UK as an internationally competitive economy
  • 86 per cent of respondents thought a university education was 'very' or 'fairly' worthwhile these days.