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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 The information on this website is historical and is no longer maintained.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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What's new

The main differences from the old site are:

  • the design is new
  • the main sections now reflect HEFCE's new business plan
  • the layout and structure of pages has changed
  • the site works better across different mobile devices. 

Where can I find ...?


Content previously published under ‘Regulation’ is now published under ‘Regulation and assurance’.

'Funding and investment'

Content previously published under ‘Funding and investment’ is now published under ‘Funding and finance’.

The following pages are now listed under ‘Working with HE providers’:

'Learning and teaching'

Information on the provision of information and funding for learning and teaching continues to be published in the ‘Learning and teaching’ pages.

The following pages are now listed under ‘Working with HE providers’:

The following pages are now listed under ‘Regulation and assurance’:

'Widening participation'

Content previously published under ‘Widening participation’ is now published under ‘Student access and success’.

The following pages are now listed under ‘Analysis and insight’:


Content published under ‘Research’ continues to be published in the updated ‘Research’ pages. 

'Knowledge exchange and skills'

Content published under ‘Knowledge exchange and skills’ continues to be published under the updated ‘Knowledge exchange’ pages. 

'Leadership, governance and management' 

Most of the content previously published under ‘Leadership, governance and management’ is now published under ‘Working with HE providers’ with two exceptions. 

The following pages are now listed under ‘Funding and finance’: 

'Cross-cutting work'

This section no longer exists. Links to the location of its content are listed below:

Why have we changed the site?

We tested the old site with the people who use it. This highlighted some issues with its design and some of the key interactions.

These design changes have been developed and tested to address these issues. 

1. Design and simplicity 

The changes to the site aim to create a simpler way of navigating through the content. They bring together groups of related material into ‘packages’ of tabs. These packages of content are organised under 'discovery' pages which cover our main areas of work ('Regulation and assurance', 'Research' and so on).  

We have also looked carefully at the use of white space, the layout of pages, and the site’s typography.   

2. The structure of information 

The content of the site draws heavily on existing material, but we have reworked and adapted the structure and language. Notable changes include: 

'Analysis and insight' - This is a new section that draws together in a single place the Council's statistical analysis, research and interactive data visualisations.  ‌

'Working with HE providers'This section covers work in the areas of sustainable development, leadership, governance, and equality and diversity. It also includes a revised section of content specifically for further education colleges. 

'Student access and success' - This section is an adapted and updated version of the old 'Widening participation' pages. 

3. Mobile and ‘responsive’ design

To make the site work better for mobile devices the new site is ‘responsive’. This means it will adapt to the layout of whichever device a person is using. 

4. HEFCE blog 

We now publish a corporate blog –

This aims to distil HE policy discussion, and the research that underpins it, into short articles written from the perspective of experts inside (and outside) the Council. 


In the next six months we will monitor and evaluate the new site.

In the meantime we encourage all users of the site to contact us with any feedback.