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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 The information on this website is historical and is no longer maintained.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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Current funding

Our funding for disabled students is £40 million in 2017-18. The funding level increased from £20 million in 2015-16 to £40 million in 2016-17.

This increase is to support institutions to meet the rapid rise in the number of students reporting mental health problems and to transition towards an inclusive social model of support for disabled students.


If you have questions or comments about this work, please contact Grace Simpson, tel 0117 931 7380.

Support for disabled students

We have conducted a number of research projects examining support for disabled students. The most recent was a comprehensive review of models of support for disabled students, which took place in 2016-17.

Prior to this, in 2014-15, we carried out a review looking at support for students with specific learning differences and students with mental health problems or intensive support needs.

The review has shown that some of the biggest challenges facing institutions are: 

  • increasing demand for services
  • proposed changes to the way in which funding is delivered to support disabled students
  • moving to a social model of support
  • working with external agencies
  • increased pressure on resources. 

Page last updated 1 November 2017

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