The HEFCE Register sits alongside the Operating Framework for Higher Education which describes the framework of regulation designed to safeguard confidence in the overall system of English higher education.
The Register provides specific information about HE providers regulated in England. See the About the data page for more information on where the data comes from and how the Register is maintained and updated.
The HEFCE Register is primarily a regulatory tool. It provides information about how providers of higher education are regulated in England. So it may be of interest to a variety of users including other regulators and Government agencies. It is not intended to provide course-level information to students though it may provide useful contextual information about providers and assurances on whether and how they are regulated. Student-focussed information can be found on Unistats, the National Careers Service site, and the UCAS website.
The HEFCE Register includes providers currently regulated in England which have any of the following features:
- are a university, higher education corporation, or have been designated by statutory instrument for HEFCE funding
- have the power to award degrees
- are directly funded by HEFCE in the current academic year
- deliver courses that have been specifically designated by Government to enable eligible students on these courses to access student support, including those accredited to deliver initial teacher training
- are delivering higher education on behalf of a HEFCE-funded provider (known by HEFCE as a sub-contractual arrangement)
Each of these features require providers to meet specific regulatory requirements. Different providers are therefore subject to different levels of regulation depending on their features. The HEFCE Register reflects these differences.
The HEFCE Register can be used to look for a specific provider or to look at groups of providers with particular features. See further details on how to use the Register.
For each provider listed the Register sets out:
- the provider’s legal name and address, and any operating names that the provider may use
- the powers it has (including, for example, whether the provider has been granted degree awarding powers or is funded by HEFCE) and the regulatory standards it is required to meet as a result. Providers will have different powers and need to meet different regulatory requirements. More detail on a provider’s specific powers and regulatory requirements can be found on the Register by clicking the ‘this means’ link included for each statement, and also by referring to the Operating Framework for Higher Education
- links to further information about the provider, including, for example, links to the provider’s own website.
Where relevant to an individual provider, the Register also sets out:
- whether eligible students are able to access student support (undergraduate and postgraduate)
- whether a provider has any sub-contractual arrangements
- the quality and standards outcomes from the Annual Provider Review process (APR) (for HEFCE-funded providers), the outcome from the Teaching Excellence Framework (for participating providers) and any outcome from the HEFCE Unsatisfactory Quality Scheme (UQS) (for HEFCE-funded providers). Please note that the Register includes providers regulated in England. See the Teaching Excellence Framework outcomes for participating providers in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland
- if the provider is an exempt charity for which HEFCE is the principal regulator on behalf of the Charity Commission. Please note that the Register does not identify providers who are registered charities. See the Charity Commission register for information about registered charities
- whether the provider has an Access Agreement agreed by the Director of Fair Access (including a link to the agreement).
Specific course designation
For most providers with courses that have been specifically designated for student support, the Register sets out:
- the detail of each course including its location, mode of study and the name of the relevant awarding body
- whether new students studying on the course can apply for student support (this includes both undergraduate student support, disabled students allowances and postgraduate masters loans).
Some providers receive direct funding from HEFCE or offer higher education programmes on a sub-contractual basis. These providers are not regulated at a course level, so the Register does not show course-level information for them.
The information on the HEFCE Register is regularly updated. It relies on data from a number of different sources which are fed into the Register at different points across the year and require different amounts of processing from HEFCE. We aim to update the Register within 7 days of receiving information from any of these sources.
The HEFCE Register does not list all providers of higher education in England. It only includes providers which meet one or more specific features.
For example, it does not include:
- recognised awarding bodies that can only award specific degrees in specific subjects
- publicly funded higher education providers who are not regulated in England but who are regulated by one of the devolved administrations in Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland. Students at these providers may be eligible under the English student support regulations, but the providers are not assured by English arrangements. Information about providers regulated in Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland may be available from other sources such as the UK Government's list of providers who can award degrees, the Scottish Funding Council, the Higher Education Funding Council for Wales or the Department for Employment and Learning.
- providers of higher education which are accredited by independent professional bodies, as these are not part of the government regulatory framework.
If a provider is not on the Register, assurances about its quality and sustainability may be available through other sources. Some providers give voluntary assurances of quality and sustainability to various assurance bodies. The Register does not capture these assurances.
The Register does not include providers of higher education that no longer exist but who may have had particular powers in the past (for example degree awarding powers or University title). Information about historic providers may be available from other sources, for example Higher Education Degree Datacheck.
If you cannot find a provider on the Register which you would expect to find, please contact the Register Team at email@example.com.
We are committed to developing the Register, and will work in partnership with users, the sector and other regulators to do so.
We welcome feedback on the Register. Comments should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.