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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 The information on this website is historical and is no longer maintained.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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Following the higher education White Paper, the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) published a technical consultation on a new, fit-for-purpose regulatory framework for higher education.

HEFCE's response to this consultation outlines our preliminary thinking on key themes and issues raised, and sets out in detail our position on the consultation questions.

We have also published a summary of the technical consultation itself, to highlight the proposals that most relate to HEFCE.

HEFCE's response and the summary are published on our web-site.