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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 The information on this website is historical and is no longer maintained.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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Mark Robson replaces outgoing Board member Paul Wellings who left the Board in December 2011.‌

He is head of the Bank of England's statistics division and honorary treasurer of the Royal Economic Society. He joined the bank in 1995.

Since then Mark has also been a member of the Council of City University, London (2002-11); Treasurer and Fellow of Lady Margaret Hall, University of Oxford, and honorary treasurer of the Royal Statistical Society (2003-07). Previously he was in turn a mathematics tutor, HM Inspector of Taxes, Government Economic Adviser and senior manager with KPMG.

He became a governor of London Metropolitan University in April 2010, and is currently Vice-Chair of the Board and Chair of the Finance and Resources Committee. He is a member of the governing councils of the Institute for Fiscal Studies and the Centre for the Study of Financial Innovation, and of the audit committee of the London Borough of Islington. In 2010 he was appointed to the Economic and Social Research Council’s grants assessment panel, and last year to HEFCE’s Main Panel C for REF 2014.


Information about the HEFCE Board including how members are appointed and a list of members and their interests is on the HEFCE website.