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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 The information on this website is historical and is no longer maintained.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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The students receive specialist training and networking opportunities, thereby becoming involved in international collaborative efforts to push forward sustainable change.

The project has enabled the University of Exeter Students’ Guild to recruit five graduates into full-time internships, providing them with high-quality experience in the sustainability sector. Since October 2013 they have been developing ties with academics at the university and with numerous external organisations.

At the heart of this initiative is a range of student-led projects. Following a series of workshops, run both by the interns and university staff, students submitted proposals and after a rigorous selection process 16 projects are being funded and supported over the coming year. From energy consumption to ethical food choices, and from water security to waste reduction, students are being empowered with the support of leading academics and professionals to engage with current issues.


  1. In April 2013, HEFCE announced funding of £5 million for the NUS to help students to engage with their universities and colleges to promote sustainable development. The Students’ Green Fund enables students to work with their institutions to make universities and colleges even greener. It is managed by NUS.

Further details of the NUS Students’ Green Fund.