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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 The information on this website is historical and is no longer maintained.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 network - Janet6 – which is funded by the UK higher and further education funding bodies and the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) will operate from 2013 until at least 2022.

The new network, managed by Janet (Note), will be supplied under a long-term cost-effective contract for fibre-optic cable to meet the demands of both the increase in data usage which doubles every 18 months and the ‘data deluge’ from data intensive research.

Janet6 will provide network capacity up to 2 terabits per second.

Sir Alan Langlands, HEFCE Chief Executive, said:

‘Janet is a national asset of which the UK can be proud. As a vital part of our research infrastructure, the next version of the network will further improve links and collaboration between universities, strategic research organisations and others. It will not only add value to UK education and research organisations, but will underpin the contribution they make to the UK economy.


Janet provides a world-class network infrastructure to meet the needs of the UK’s research and education community. With over 25 years of uninterrupted service to date, the Janet network now has a community of 18 million users. Janet additionally provides services, including videoconferencing, and brokers third party services to enable the Janet community to get the best and most competitive services available, such as cloud.  

Janet manages the operation and development of the network on behalf of the UK technology consortium JISC for the UK further and higher education funding councils. Its primary aim is to provide and develop a network infrastructure that meets the needs of the research and education communities.

Read more about Janet6.