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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 The information on this website is historical and is no longer maintained.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 October 2013, the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) launched a call for information on the undergraduate higher education sector in England in order to gain a better understanding of how choice and competition were working in the higher education sector.

We welcome the report's recognition of the international excellence and reputation of higher education in England. As lead regulator for higher education, we look forward to discussing its recommendations with the Competition and Markets Authority.


The March report, 'Higher Education in England: An OFT Call for Information' is available on the OFT web-site.