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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 The information on this website is historical and is no longer maintained.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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Within the call, issued in May 2014, respondents were asked to focus on four key issues: identifying useful metrics for research assessment; how metrics should be used in research assessment; ‘gaming’ and strategic use of metrics; and international perspectives.

In total, 153 submissions were received, and the volume, quality and range of the responses indicate a high level of interest in and engagement with this topic in the higher education sector.

Of those responses whose views it was possible to classify, over half (57 per cent) expressed overall scepticism about the further introduction of metrics into research assessment, just under a fifth were supportive and a quarter were ambivalent.

The responses are available to download from the 'Independent review of the role of metrics in research assessment' web page.

Events and workshops

In addition to the call for evidence, we are running stakeholder workshops to consult and engage with the sector, focused on key topics and issues, including:

Further information about these events will be available on our web-site.


The independent steering group for the review will deliver a final report on the use of metrics by summer 2015. Their intention is to make recommendations against three time horizons:

  • what can higher education institutions do to improve research management now?
  • suggestions for the next Research Excellence Framework
  • the longer term, including identification of programmes of further work.