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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 The information on this website is historical and is no longer maintained.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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Professor Madeleine Atkins, HEFCE Chief Executive, said:

‘The University Alliance report is a helpful addition to the debate around quality and regulation in a rapidly changing HE landscape. The report  is particularly timely, and touches closely on a number of matters high on the HEFCE agenda.

‘HEFCE has a statutory duty to ensure that the quality of the provision it funds is assessed. The Government has asked us to develop mechanisms to assure the quality of the student experience when student number controls are removed.

‘We have also started work to examine how students might be better protected in the event of untoward disruption to their studies.

‘We have long been clear - as lead regulator - that only legislation can solve some of the deeper-seated regulatory issues facing English HE.’

Read the University Alliance report