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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 The information on this website is historical and is no longer maintained.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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From his current role as Director at HEFCE where he oversees the Research, Education and Knowledge Exchange directorate, Chris brings a wealth of experience and expertise from across higher education.

Madeleine Atkins, Chief Executive of HEFCE, said:

'I’m delighted that Chris has been appointed as the Director for Fair Access and Participation in the Office for Students.  Chris has done an outstanding job in leading HEFCE’s work on widening access to higher education, and improving student choice, the student experience and progression to further study and work.  Chris is already working closely with colleagues in OFFA and HEFCE on the development of the Regulatory Framework and on the Access and Participation functions.' 


1. Read the announcement on the Department for Education website