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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 The information on this website is historical and is no longer maintained.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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As part of the Government’s National Scholarship Programme (NSP), HEFCE commissioned CFE and the Widening Participation Centre, Edge Hill University to carry out a formative evaluation of the scheme.

In May 2012 we published the outcomes of the evaluation activity undertaken between October 2011 and February 2012 and below are two further documents. Together these complete year one of the formative evaluation:

  1. An addendum, which reports on the outcomes of the evaluation activity conducted between May and August 2012, and is intended to be read alongside the detailed May 2012 report.
  2. A summary, which presents the key findings from the first year of the formative evaluation of the NSP.

A formative evaluation of year 2 of the NSP was published in November 2013.