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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 The information on this website is historical and is no longer maintained.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 first annual report of the evaluation of the HEFCE’s Learning Gain Pilot Projects during 2016 identifies two broad categories: ‘Telescope projects’ and ‘Microscope projects’, within which a wide range of affective, behavioural and cognitive measures are being developed and used by the institutions involved.