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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 The information on this website is historical and is no longer maintained.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 International Inequalities Institute aims to become the world’s premier centre for interdisciplinary research on inequalities. It will pool and facilitate research, creating a generation of scholars with the complex social science tools necessary to understand current and future inequalities.

Purpose-built research facilities will:

  • spark new ideas and innovative solutions
  • involve research users in conception, design and delivery
  • implement research ideas.