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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 The information on this website is historical and is no longer maintained.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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Key findings from the report show that:

  • overall transition rates to postgraduate study have fallen over the last decade, although transition to taught postgraduate taught courses has seen a slight increase
  • disadvantaged students are less likely to undertake postgraduate study
  • black and minority ethnic students have higher transition rates to postgraduate taught courses
  • male graduates were more likely to progress into postgraduate research study than female graduates.

Read the full report