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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 The information on this website is historical and is no longer maintained.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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Returns should be made via the HEFCE secure data collection site by noon on Friday 18 October 2013.

Executive summary


1. This document asks higher education institutions in the UK to provide data on the intake of medical and dental students in the 2012-13 and 2013-14 academic years.

Key points

2. This is an annual, UK-wide survey. HEFCE is conducting it on behalf of the Department of Health (DH), the Scottish Funding Council, the Higher Education Funding Council for Wales and the Department for Employment and Learning in Northern Ireland.

3. Data from this survey are used by HEFCE and DH as an early indicator of medical and dental intakes, to inform DH workforce planning and hence the joint consideration by DH and HEFCE of the need for changes to student intake targets. HEFCE will also be using the data to monitor the medical and dental intake targets and to inform funding allocations.

4. The census date for the 2013-14 intake data is 9 October 2013.

5. Higher education institutions with joint medical schools are expected to submit a single joint return (see Annex A). We also expect a joint return to be made by the Universities of Leeds and Bradford.

6. As part of the Government’s commitment to transparency, HEFCE intends to publish these data.

Action required

7. Please return the completed workbook via the HEFCE secure data collection site no later than noon on Friday 18 October 2013. Guidance on using this facility will be sent directly to the named medical and dental survey contacts at institutions.

Date: 17 September 2013

Ref: HEFCE 2013/22

Of interest to those
responsible for:

Student data, Funding

Enquiries should be directed to:

Sarah Azadian-Zobay, tel 0117 931 7207, e-mail

Andrew Taylor, tel 0117 931 7026, e-mail