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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 The information on this website is historical and is no longer maintained.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 principles are set out in the Research Integrity Concordat, published in July 2012 by Universities UK. The concordat sets out five commitments that researchers, managers and funders of research can make to assure Government, and the wider public, that all research conducted by UK higher education institutions meets the highest standards of rigour and integrity. Existing signatories include the UK higher education funding bodies, the Wellcome Trust and Research Councils UK.

We welcome responses to this consultation from anyone with an interest in research integrity. Responses to the consultation should be made online by noon on 8 March 2013.