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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 The information on this website is historical and is no longer maintained.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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Higher education course changes and closures: statement of good practice

Download the Higher education course changes and closures: statement of good practice as PDF (133 KB)

Individual students are protected under consumer law. The Competition and Markets Authority has produced information for students that helps them to understand their rights in law.

Our strategic statement explains in more detail what we mean by the collective student interest, and what we are doing to promote and protect it. We are supporting work on student protection and student engagement. The documents below set out this work. 

We are also responsible for ensuring that regulated fees are not exceeded and we have a small role in what to do if something goes wrong.

‌HEFCE has worked in the interests of students for a long time as part of our commitment to opportunity, choice and excellence in higher education.

The 2011 Higher Education White Paper ‘Students at the Heart of the System’ placed a new and welcome emphasis on our role.

Student interest at HEFCE's Board

Graeme Osborn sits on the HEFCE Board with specific responsibility for the student interest.

Find out more

What do we mean by 'the collective student interest'?

HEFCE’s collective student interest role extends to any significant issue that has an impact on a sizeable group of higher education students at universities and colleges that we fund. This includes:

  • prospective, present and past students
  • undergraduate and postgraduate students
  • full-time and part-time students
  • home, EU and international students.

Whenever we can, we will also seek to support the collective student interest at higher education institutions that we do not fund.

Different groups of students may have diverse needs and interests. For example, mature learners’ interests may differ from those of school leavers. We will take this into account in our work. 

Page last updated 11 November 2015