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'Receives HEFCE funding directly'

HEFCE funds higher education, research and related activities in a range of providers, including in universities and further education colleges (FECs). This filter will return all providers that directly receive HEFCE funding of one or more type in the current academic year.

See more about who HEFCE can fund

See more about how HEFCE allocates its funding

'Is a university or university college'

This filter will show providers with University title or University College title.

See more about university or university college title

'Can award degrees'

This filter will show providers that have the ability to award one or more type of degree. There are three types of degree awarding powers: foundation, teaching and research. 

These powers are cumulative: a provider with teaching degree awarding powers can also award foundation degrees, and a provider with the power to award research degrees can award taught and foundation degrees. Only further education corporations may be granted foundation degree awarding powers.

See more about degree awarding powers

'Is an alternative provider with specific-course designation'

This filter will show alternative providers that have either:

  • had specific courses designated by Government for student support (this means that students studying on the courses listed on the Register may apply for student loans; students who commenced study on eligible courses prior to 2016-17 can apply for maintenance grants as well as loans). Please note that this filter will return providers who offer courses which are subject to ‘Teach Out’ (where only existing eligible students who started studying on the course between the dates indicated may apply for student support)
  • been granted institutional level specific course designation by Government (this means that students studying on all eligible courses at designated locations may apply for student loans; students who commenced study on eligible courses at designated locations prior to 2016-17 can apply for maintenance grants as well as loans).

See more about specific-course designation

'Is an alternative provider with institutional level specific course designation'

This filter will show alternative providers that have been granted institutional level specific course designation by Government so that students studying on all eligible courses at designated locations may apply for student loans. Students who commenced study on eligible courses at designated locations prior to 2016-17 can apply for maintenance grants as well as loans. Providers with institutional level specific-course designation do not need to seek designation for individual courses.

See more about specific-course designation

'Is an FE or sixth form college that delivers HE'

This filter will show further education or sixth form colleges that deliver higher education that are either directly funded by HEFCE or that deliver HE through a sub-contractual arrangement.

See more about how HEFCE funds further education and sixth form colleges that deliver higher education

'Is an exempt charity for which HEFCE is the principal regulator'

This filter will show which providers on the Register are exempt charities for which HEFCE is the principal regulator on behalf of the Charity Commission. The results will not include providers who are registered charities, which are regulated by the Charities Commission. See the Charity Commission register for information about registered charities.

See more about exempt charities and HEFCE's role as principal regulator

'Has an Annual Provider Review (APR) outcome'

This filter will show which providers on the Register have an Annual Provider Review (APR) quality and standards outcome, and can be used to show providers with any outcome, or to show providers with specific outcomes: ‘meets requirements’; ‘meets requirements with an action plan’; ‘pending’; or ‘does not meet requirements’.

The APR is used to assess quality and standards in the higher education providers funded by the Higher Education Funding Council for England. It provides assurances about quality in these providers to students and to others with an interest in the secure operation of the higher education system. It provides confidence in high-quality provision and reliable degree standards for all students, and evidence that each provider is taking any necessary actions to improve the quality of the academic experience and outcomes for its own students.

See more about the APR

'Has a Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) award'

This filter will show which providers on the Register have a Teaching Excellence Framework award and can be used to show providers with any award, or to show providers with specific awards: gold, silver, bronze or provisional. 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.

The Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) is a new scheme for recognising excellent teaching, in addition to existing national quality requirements for universities, colleges and other higher education providers. The awards cover undergraduate teaching. It provides information to help prospective students choose where to study. The TEF is voluntary and each higher education provider decides whether or not they wish to take part.

See more about the TEF

Page last updated 21 June 2017