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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 The information on this website is historical and is no longer maintained.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 publication of this first consultation follows the Council's announcement of its intention to review the teaching funding method in autumn 2009.

The first consultation seeks views on underpinning principles and features. It invites comment on three key principles that the Council believes are key to the future of the method. These are:

  • to give institutions the freedom to manage provision in a way that best responds to the needs of students, employers and society
  • to enable HEFCE to incentivise change that is in the public interest
  • to be compatible with various modes of study, including flexible provision.

The second consultation will be published in spring 2011, and will explore operational and technical elements.

The review comes about in light of developments in the higher education sector, and the changing financial and political climate. It will, therefore, take into account factors such as the outcome of Lord Browne's Independent Review of Higher Education Funding and Student Finance, and the availability of new data.

Responses to the consultation should be made by 2359 on Monday 12 July 2010 using the online form.

  • Review of the teaching funding method: Consultation on key principles and features (HEFCE 2010/10)
  • Update on the teaching funding method and plans for review (HEFCE Circular letter 24/2009)