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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 The information on this website is historical and is no longer maintained.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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Suzy Walton is a Chartered Scientist, a Chartered Occupational Psychologist and a Chartered Director. She has a portfolio of board roles and over a decade’s experience in central government.

Suzy is Deputy Chairman of the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA), the University of Westminster and the Internet Watch Foundation which regulates the internet against some aspects of criminality. She is also on the board of the veterans' mental health charity Combat Stress, and sits on several government committees including the Ethics Group of the National DNA Database (Home Office) and the National Specialist Commissioning Group (Department of Health). Previously she was on the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs’ Science Advisory Council.

Suzy has over a decade’s experience as a senior civil servant and has served in the Cabinet Office, the Prime Minister’s Strategy Unit and the Ministry of Defence. 


A full biography of Suzy Walton and information about the HEFCE Board including how members are appointed and a list of members and their interests is on the HEFCE website.