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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 The information on this website is historical and is no longer maintained.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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Subject to Parliamentary approval of the Higher Education and Research Bill, Research England will be established as one of nine Councils within UK Research and Innovation (UKRI).

David will continue at HEFCE until the end of March 2018, while working as part of the shadow UKRI executive team to set up the new body, which will open its doors in April 2018 (Note 1). 

HEFCE’s Chief Executive, Professor Madeleine Atkins, said:

‘I’m delighted that David has been appointed Executive Chair Designate of Research England. He has done a superb job in driving the research policy agenda, in particular through his leadership of the development and implementation of the first Research Excellence Framework.

‘I am pleased that we are not yet saying a final goodbye to David. He will continue in his current role at HEFCE until the end of March 2018.

‘Under David’s chairmanship, I am confident that Research England will develop strong relationships with the Office for Students, driving innovation and excellence across both organisations’ shared research and teaching agendas.’  


1. Read the announcement of David Sweeney's appointment at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy website.