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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 The information on this website is historical and is no longer maintained.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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Revised timetable for consultation on next Research Excellence Framework

Following a request from the Minister for Universities and Science HEFCE, in partnership with the other UK funding bodies, agreed to delay publishing a consultation on the next Research Excellence Framework (REF) until the conclusion of the spending review.  

In December, subsequent to the request from the Minister, the Government announced that Lord Nicholas Stern would lead an independent review of the REF and a call for evidence was issued. HEFCE’s response can be found below.

We know that institutions are keen for the arrangements for a future REF to be confirmed and communicated in a timely fashion. Early clarity on a future framework will alleviate uncertainty in the sector, enable institutions to focus preparatory activity efficiently, and allow wise investment decisions to be made.

We welcome the Government’s ongoing commitment to the dual support system and look forward to working with the sector, the research community and research users to develop the most appropriate framework for the next REF.

Read HEFCE's response to the Stern review

Download the HEFCE response to the Stern review as PDF (320 KB)

Page last updated 11 April 2016