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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 The information on this website is historical and is no longer maintained.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 National Student Survey (NSS) has run since 2004. The UK higher education funding bodies, which own the survey,  commissioned NatCen, the University of London's Institute of Education and the Institute for Employment Studies to review the current purposes of the NSS and how effectively it meets them, and to make recommendations for the survey’s future shape. This set of four reports comprises a summary report, literature review and the responses to surveys and discussions with students and stakeholders.

The UK funding bodies will consider the recommendations, and will ensure that any changes to the NSS are carefully tested and piloted before being implemented for the 2017 survey.