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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 The information on this website is historical and is no longer maintained.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 Government has committed to fund an extra 1,500 medical places by 2020. Today’s announcement confirms that following HEFCE’s successful allocation of 500 student places to existing medical education providers for 2018-19, the remaining 1,000 places are to be allocated through a competitive process jointly led by HEFCE and Health Education England (HEE), which we expect to launch in the Autumn. 

The criteria for the competitive process will take into account the priorities set out in the consultation response, including widening participation in the medical profession and aligning expansion to local needs with an emphasis on rural and coastal areas. 

Professor Madeleine Atkins, Chief Executive, HEFCE, said: 

'HEFCE welcomes the Government’s commitment to expand the numbers of medical student places in England. We look forward to working with Health Education England on the approach to the competitive allocation of places.'

See the Government's response to their consultation on expanding undergraduate medical education.