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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 The information on this website is historical and is no longer maintained.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 plan covers the period up to 2015, during which time the Government’s reforms to higher education funding and regulation will take effect.

It describes three key principles – opportunity, choice and excellence – that will inform our work to support our priorities: the core academic activities of learning and teaching, research and knowledge exchange.

It also details how HEFCE will deliver these objectives – its practices. This will include: an emphasis on high-quality information; a proportionate approach to regulation; investment for public benefit; and a commitment to working in partnership with Government, students, universities, colleges, and key national agencies.

HEFCE’s role in safeguarding the collective interests of students runs through all of its work.

  • 'HEFCE business plan 2011-2015: principles, priorities and practices' (HEFCE 2011/34) is published on our web-site.