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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 The information on this website is historical and is no longer maintained.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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About the guidance

We and other organisations provide a broad range of best-practice guidance to universities and colleges. 

We now publish less guidance ourselves; instead we encourage the use of best practice guidance from elsewhere and facilitate the development of sector-led guidance where appropriate. It is for universities and colleges to determine which guidance to follow and in most cases is not intended to be prescriptive.

However we do expect universities and colleges to deliver 'value for money', so we expect them to adopt good practices where appropriate. This means that universities and colleges should at least consider relevant guidance and use it as they see fit.

If an institution does not adopt recognised good practice we expect that they will be able to justify why this is the case, if asked to do so. In the same way, we expect that universities and colleges will 'scan the horizon' for the existence of new guidance (from whatever source). 


Page last updated 22 February 2015