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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 The information on this website is historical and is no longer maintained.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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Pushing to London 2012 event at Loughborough University.

The contribution of higher education institutions (HEIs) to the Games was recognised as important and wide-reaching, with 94 per cent of the higher education sector involved in at least one Olympic-related project. These included providing student volunteers, playing host to national teams, undertaking groundbreaking research, and continuing programmes of investment towards London 2012’s legacy of sport and community engagement.

Podium will use HEFCE’s funding to:

  • capture the expertise developed by HEIs through their engagement with London 2012 in a comprehensive record
  • help maximise the opportunities available to HEIs to engage with organisers of forthcoming sporting and cultural mega-events, including the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro.