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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 The information on this website is historical and is no longer maintained.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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OFFA's announcement states that by 2015-16, universities and colleges are planning to invest over £600 million of their fee income in measures designed to increase participation and improve success in higher education of those from disadvantaged backgrounds.

Heather Fry, Director for Education and Participation, HEFCE, said:

'We are pleased that OFFA and institutions wishing to charge more than £6,000 in fees have finalised their access agreements. The really important thing will be the impact these arrangements have on students and widening participation in the future.'


  1. The OFFA announcement is available at