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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 The information on this website is historical and is no longer maintained.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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  • Foreword
  • Memorandum of assurance and accountability between HEFCE and institutions
  • Purpose of this document
  • Linkage to Operating Framework and the register of HE providers
  • Requirements of other bodies
  • Our responsibilities
  • Responsibilities of universities and colleges to us and to students
    • Regularity and propriety
    • Governing bodies
    • Governing body members are also trustees
    • Accountable officer
    • Provision of information to HEFCE
    • Provision of information for students
    • Quality of provision
    • Research integrity
    • Sustainability of universities and colleges
    • Material adverse events
    • Other significant events
    • Equality and diversity
    • Contributing to meeting policy objectives
    • Other requirements
    • Payment of grant
  • Institutional engagement, support and safeguarding actions
    • Annual accountability returns
    • HEFCE Assurance Review
    • Data assurance
    • Institutional engagement and support
    • Safeguarding actions
  • Revision to memorandum of assurance and accountability
  • Annex A: Audit Code of Practice
  • Annex B: Institutional engagement, support and safeguarding actions
  • Annex C: Approval of increases in financial commitments
  • Annex D: Exchequer interest
  • Annex E: Exempt charities
  • Annex F: Related undertakings
  • Annex G: Definitions and abbreviations


Date: 26 July 2017

Ref: 2017/08

To: Heads of HEFCE-funded further education colleges, Heads of HEFCE-funded higher education institutions

Of interest to those
responsible for:

Finance, Governance

Enquiries should be directed to: