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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 The information on this website is historical and is no longer maintained.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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We welcome the Government's commitment to long-term support of knowledge exchange. The response also gives us exciting new challenges - accelerating effective links between small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) and higher education, deepening HE-Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) relationships and expanding the university contribution to international innovation.

Partnership will be at the heart of our efforts - centrally with the diverse and rich range of HE institutions which all contribute to growth. As well as our established HE, research and innovation partners, we look forward to new links with UK Trade and Investment and - with the new Smart Specialisation Advisory Hub and the National Centre for Universities and Business - with LEPs and businesses.


See Sir Andrew Witty's report, 'Encouraging a British Invention Revolution'.

See the BIS response