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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 The information on this website is historical and is no longer maintained.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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As the lead regulator for higher education, HEFCE looks forward to joining with the Government, students, providers, employers and others with an interest in higher education as the proposals are discussed and debated. 

The Green Paper explicitly recognises the strength of expertise and understanding of higher education in HEFCE, and we will bring this expertise and understanding to bear on the discussions and developments.   

Professor Madeleine Atkins, HEFCE Chief Executive, said: 

‘The higher education Green Paper proposes a reshaping of the higher education system which puts students at its heart. We look forward to contributing to the debates and developments it will foster. 

‘We will continue to perform our current role and functions to our usual high standards throughout this period of deliberation and transition. We welcome the Government’s clear acknowledgement of the strength and success of England’s world-class higher education system, and we will continue to work on behalf of students and the public to promote excellence and innovation in the sector.’ 

Read the Green Paper