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 The information on this website is historical and is no longer maintained.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

'The Government’s productivity plan, ‘Fixing the foundations’, highlights the key role of higher education in meeting the challenge of narrowing the productivity gap. Our world-leading universities create and develop new knowledge, positive innovation and highly advanced skills which are all vital elements of a modern, dynamic economy.

'They do this through strategic collaborations with research users, through excellent and inspiring teaching linked to employment, by being 'anchor institutions' in their local and regional communities, and by being catalysts for social mobility.

'HEFCE will support universities to realise the Government’s ambition to increase the income they earn from working with business and others to £5 billion per annum by 2025.

'HEFCE is committed to working with the sector, employers and Government to support and strengthen these contributions to productivity, including implementing the next phase of the UK Research Partnership Investment Fund. We also look forward to working with Government and others on the introduction of a Teaching Excellence Framework.'


  1. Read the Government’s productivity plan, “Fixing the foundations: creating a more prosperous nation”.
  2. For more information on HEFCE’s work on the productivity agenda, see our blog post on "The productivity jigsaw".
  3. The Higher Education Funding Council for England works to create and sustain the conditions for a world-leading higher education system.