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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.