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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 The information on this website is historical and is no longer maintained.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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David Sweeney, Director (Research, Innovation and Skills) at HEFCE, and Professor Anne Greenough, Chair of HEFCE’s Research and Knowledge Exchange Strategic Advisory Committee, have written to all universities in England that are taking part in the REF 2014. The letter invites universities to provide feedback on the REF. 

The UK higher education funding bodies for Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland have written to their universities in similar terms. 

The feedback will help to build greater understanding about the strengths and weaknesses of the exercise. It will also help to identify where refinements may be made in future.