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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 The information on this website is historical and is no longer maintained.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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HEFCE was tasked by the Government, most recently in the Higher Education White Paper, to develop a knowledge exchange (KE) framework to support continuous improvement in KE strategy and practice and ensure efficiency and effectiveness in use of public funding.  These reports summarise pilot work commissioned by HEFCE on potential key aspects of the framework, on good practice resources and benchmarking.

The authors are Research Consulting (‘Effective practice in knowledge exchange’) and IP Pragmatics (‘Benchmarking for knowledge exchange’). The reports will help to inform our next steps for the development of the KE framework.