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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 The information on this website is historical and is no longer maintained.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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Following publication of the results of the 2014 REF in December 2014, the REF team has published a number of reports giving additional information about the REF process and management.

The new publications are:

  1. Panel overview reports. A report by each of the four main panels and their sub-panels detailing how the assessment was carried out and providing an overview of the panels’ observations.
  2. A report by the REF Equalities and Diversity Panel (EDAP) on the equality aspects of the REF. The panel found these to have improved significantly since the previous assessment exercise. 
  3. Universities’ codes of practice on the selection of staff.
  4. A full panel membership list and declarations of interest.

The four UK funding bodies are also running a number of projects to provide a comprehensive evaluation of REF 2014