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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 The information on this website is historical and is no longer maintained.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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In July 2014 we published two major pieces of research as part of our review of the National Student Survey (NSS) [Note 1].

While the research did not recommend radical changes to the NSS, it suggested that some alterations would preserve the strengths of the survey and address identified weaknesses, including the possible addition of new questions on student engagement and examining barriers to the inclusion of some students.

Feedback from organisations involved in the NSS has been broadly supportive of the research recommendations, although some indicated a few areas needing further investigation. The UK higher education funding bodies will be consulting formally on the new NSS in autumn 2015.

We have identified a number of next steps arising from this work, which are detailed on our Review of the National Student Survey web pages, along with a summary of our response to each of the research recommendations.


1. The research was published on 3 July, see the announcement Major HEFCE study shows UK university students have become more satisfied over time