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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 The information on this website is historical and is no longer maintained.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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The National Co-ordinating Centre for Public Engagement

The NCCPE helps universities to engage with the public to promote best practice in public engagement. It provides a single point of contact for the whole higher education (HE) sector.

The NCCPE also works strategically with key national partners to help develop work across the sector, including six Beacons of Public Engagement established in 2008, the UK higher education funding councils Research Councils UK and the Wellcome Trust.

The NCCPE have created a Manifesto for Public Engagement and have invited every institution and Research Institute to sign up and also offer assistance for universities in implementing the Concordat for Engaging the Public with Research.

The NCCPE ran a competition for public engagement with research in 2014. Read further information about the finalists.


HEFCE is working with 15 organisations which support publically funded research in the UK to review the current public engagement with research landscape.

The Consortium commissioned TNS-BMRB to carry out an attitudinal survey designed to gather the experiences of researchers and those working in professional roles to support public engagement. The research builds on the Royal Society Survey of factors affecting science communication from 2006, and provides data allowing changes in the sector over the last decade to be assessed.

Read the full Factors Affecting Public Engagement reports and Consortium discussion document.

The 16 organisations in the Consortium are:

Further information

For further information contact Charlotte Lester, tel 0117 931 7183, email

Page last updated 2 December 2015