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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 The information on this website is historical and is no longer maintained.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 - www.hefce.ac.uk - 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 November 2013 the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills announced £25 million in 2014-15 to support the delivery of outreach to schools, colleges, employers and the community through such networks.

Funding will be allocated through a bidding process which is due to be launched in early spring 2014.  

We are inviting responses from higher education institutions and sector representative bodies, as well as Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs), schools associations and other organisations with an interest in progression to higher education. 

The consultation period is short to allow more time for institutions to develop bids. The deadline is noon on Wednesday 5 February 2014