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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 The information on this website is historical and is no longer maintained.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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The Research Excellence Framework (REF) demonstrates the world-class excellence of UK research, both in terms of academic quality and the broader societal impact.

It is a crucial tool in the distribution of funding under the dual-support system by all four of the UK higher education funding bodies.

We look forward to assisting Lord Stern’s review in an appropriate manner, including by drawing on the substantial independent reports that we have already published.  


  1. Read the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills press release 'Government launches review to improve university research funding'.