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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 The information on this website is historical and is no longer maintained.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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Universities UK developed the concordat with the funding and research councils, the Wellcome Trust and a number of government departments. It was launched on 11 July 2012.

Compliance with the concordat 

We now require institutions eligible to receive our research funding to comply with the concordat. We have made this a condition of receiving HEFCE funds specified in institutions’ funding agreements.  

This condition will apply from 2013-14 and follows our consultation earlier in the year on implementing the concordat.

The consultation invited comments on the proposal to make compliance a requirement for institutions, and how this might best be monitored. The summary of responses and policy decisions are published below.

We have set out information and guidance for institutions. This includes our view of compliance and advice on finding additional information.

For further enquiries about complying with the concordat email


As signatories to, and supporters of, the concordat we are committed to:

  • maintaining the highest standards of rigour and integrity in all aspects of research
  • ensuring that research is conducted according to appropriate ethical, legal and professional frameworks, obligations and standards
  • supporting a research environment that is underpinned by a culture of integrity and based on good governance, best practice and support for the development of researchers
  • using transparent, robust and fair processes to deal with allegations of research misconduct should they arise
  • working together to strengthen the integrity of research and to reviewing progress regularly and openly.


The concordat will:

  • provide better coordination of existing approaches to research integrity 
  • enable more effective communication of efforts to ensure that the highest standards of rigour and integrity continue to underpin all our research 
  • encourage greater transparency and accountability at both institutional and sector levels 
  • stimulate reflection on current practices to identify where improvements can be made.

We fully support these aims. We also expect the universities and colleges that we fund to comply with the concordat, as set out above.

List of signatories

Department for Employment and Learning
Higher Education Funding Council for England
Higher Education Funding Council for Wales
National Institute for Health Research
Research Councils UK
Scottish Funding Council
Universities UK
Wellcome Trust

List of supporters

Academy of Medical Sciences
Association of Research Managers and Administrators
British Medical Journal
Council of University Classical Departments
CREST: Consortium for Research Excellence, Support and Training
Department for Business, Innovation and Skills
Government Office for Science
Medical Schools Council
Royal Musical Association
UK Research Integrity Office

Further information

Universities UK welcomes enquiries from new organisations that would like to recognise the concordat.  For more information on how to join the supporters' network, email

Page last updated 3 December 2014