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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 The information on this website is historical and is no longer maintained.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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In partnership with the other UK higher education funding bodies, HEFCE commissioned a review of the costs, benefits and burden for institutions of the Research Excellence Framework 2014 (REF 2014). 

The review entailed a comprehensive analysis of institutional costs for a sample population of 20 UK higher education institutions, covering all staff-related costs and related expenditure, both centrally and at the unit of assessment (UOA) level.



Download the REF Accountability Review: Costs, benefits and burden as PDF (1,813 KB)

Accessible version

This Word version of the report may be more accessible for users of assistive technology.

Download the Accessible_version as MS Word (4,994 KB)