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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 The information on this website is historical and is no longer maintained.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 report is the culmination of a three-year programme of work funded by HEFCE and the Paul Hamlyn Foundation.

The ‘What works? Student retention and success’ programme received £1 million (£500,000 from HEFCE) to support seven projects across the higher education system. Each set out to evaluate a different approach to supporting student retention and success.

Findings from the projects have been published in the report, and it is expected that universities and colleges will make use of them when considering how to further enhance their own strategies to support students through to successful completion of their courses. 


The report and other outputs from the programme are available from the Higher Education Academy web-site.