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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 The information on this website is historical and is no longer maintained.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 consultation’s aims are:

  • to provide an overview of the new system for alternative providers that wish their students to be able to access student support from the Student Loans Company
  • to seek responses to specific proposals on student number controls
  • to invite views, particularly from alternative providers, on how this will operate in practice.

This consultation forms part of a review of the course designation system for alternative providers.

It is envisaged that the new system will involve more robust and transparent requirements in the areas of quality assurance, financial sustainability, and management and governance.