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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 The information on this website is historical and is no longer maintained.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 fund supports museums, galleries and collections in the higher education sector that have research significance beyond their home institutions. We currently provide over £10 million to support 31 university museums and galleries.  

The review will establish the fund’s continued fitness for purpose and set priorities and future funding levels from 2017-18 onwards.

Diane Lees who will chair the review has extensive experience in the museums sector. She is a member of the South Bank and Bankside Cultural Quarter Directors Forum, the Women Leaders in Museums Network, and the Arts Council’s external advice panel. Diane also serves as a judge for the Museums and Heritage Awards and chairs the National Museum Directors’ Council. In April 2014 she was appointed to the University of Lincoln’s Board of Governors, and in January 2015 to the University of Oxford Humanities External Advisory Board. In December 2014, Diane was awarded a CBE in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours list for services to museums.

David Sweeney, Director (Research, Education and Knowledge Exchange) said:

‘We are delighted that Diane Lees, has agreed to chair the review of HEFCE Museums, Galleries and Collections Fund. Diane has extensive knowledge, experience and respect in the sector, which will be of great benefit to the review of this HEFCE  funding.'


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