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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 The information on this website is historical and is no longer maintained.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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This follows a request for a shared strategy by autumn 2013 from Vince Cable, Secretary of State for Business, Innovation & Skills and David Willetts, Minister for Universities and Science. 

HEFCE and OFFA have set out the approach they will take, working with the sector and building on their existing close relationship. They also outline the additional research and analysis they will carry out to improve the evidence base of what works best in widening participation to higher education. 

For further information please contact either Helen Albon at HEFCE, tel 0117 931 7076, or Sophie Mason at OFFA, tel 0117 931 7204