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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 The information on this website is historical and is no longer maintained.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 - www.hefce.ac.uk - 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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Student protection: what’s to be done?

When an HE provider is no longer able to meet their commitment to deliver a course or programme, what happens to the students?

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Higher education  is a significant investment for students, both financially and in the time invested in study, so it is important that students’ interests are protected while they are studying. 

Universities take pride in the quality of the experience enjoyed by their students and are always looking for ways to improve it.

They have an obligation to deliver the programmes that students are expecting, but there are occasions when unforeseen events can lead to course closure.

We have hosted a series of roundtables to discuss what happens to students in these circumstances.

Page last updated 9 October 2015