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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 The information on this website is historical and is no longer maintained.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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It is launched alongside an updated ‘operating framework for higher education’, which explains the arrangements for regulating higher education providers in England.  

Providers are listed on the register where they have one or more of the following features: 

  • They directly receive grants for higher education.
  • They have courses which have been specifically designated by the Government as eligible for the purposes of English student support funding.
  • They are ‘higher education institutions’.
  • They have the power to award one or more type of UK higher education degree. 

The register brings together a range of information from different sources for ease of reference. It will be updated regularly. 

The register does not list all providers of higher education in England. It only includes providers which meet one or more of the specific features above. For example, it does not include providers who offer higher education through a franchise arrangement only; this is regulated through the lead provider, which is included on the register.

The register will be a valuable resource for many different users, including providers of higher education, other regulators, overseas governments and students.

HEFCE would like to explore ways to develop the register, and we will work in partnership with the sector and other regulators to do this. 

HEFCE has developed and implemented the register in response to a request from Government in 2013.