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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 The information on this website is historical and is no longer maintained.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 aim of the new system is to create a quality assurance system for higher education in England and Northern Ireland that is accountable, rigorous, transparent, responsive, and public facing.

New elements of the review method include: greater flexibility, more student involvement, graded judgements, a focus on a different thematic element each year, and more accessible reports.

More about the new review method