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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 The information on this website is historical and is no longer maintained.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 advice will contribute to the development of consultation proposals on implementing an open access requirement in the next REF exercise. The consultation will run later in 2013.

The deadline for responses to our letter is 25 March 2013. Advice is welcomed from anyone with an interest in research and academic publishing.

Letter on open access and submissions to the REF post-2014

Download the Open Access letter as PDF (187 KB) | ‌‌Download the Open Access letter as MS Word (240 KB)