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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 The information on this website is historical and is no longer maintained.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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‌Recent analysis by Elsevier shows that almost 90 per cent of the most highly-cited research involves UK universities.

Publicly funded research in the UK is highly cost-effective. It pays for itself in five years (Note 1). 

Effective ‘dual-support’ through HEFCE and research council funding 

The dual-support system is highly effective in funding and stimulating world-class research in universities.

In 2014-15 HEFCE will distribute £1.6 billion in quality-related research (QR) funding to 130 universities and HE colleges as our part of the ‘dual-support’ system.

Event: showcasing public engagement

‌As part of Universities Week, an event at the Natural History Museum will bring together examples of public engagement with research from across the UK.

It forms part of the Engage 2014 Competition Awards Ceremony run by the National Co-ordinating Centre for Public Engagement.


  1. Source: CASE report