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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 The information on this website is historical and is no longer maintained.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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Inclusive support

According to the social model, the barriers to participation and success for disabled students come not from the student but from society and its institutions, systems and processes. 

So part of the solution is more inclusive curricula, learning and teaching environments, and restructured support. 

Our funds aim to help universities and colleges move towards this more inclusive approach.


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

Guidance for inclusive practice

The Government published guidance on inclusive practice in this area in January 2017. The guidance: 

  • details the benefits of inclusive practice to higher education providers
  • provides examples of simple actions to affect change
  • explains how providers can adopt a strategic approach to reasonable adjustments. 

The guidance was developed by the Disabled Students Sector Leadership Group (DSSLG), supported by the Department for Education. 

The group aims to provide support for the higher education sector in responding to changes to the Disabled Students’ Allowance (DSA), and guidance around providing inclusive learning environments.

Review of models of support for disabled students

Read the review of models of support for disabled students

We commissioned the Institute for Empployment Studies and Lancaster University’s Researching Equity, Access and Participation (REAP) to conduct a comprehensive review of models of support for disabled students. Part of the research involved an examination of the extent to which providers feel like they are offering a more inclusive social model.

The sector scored itself as 6 out of 10 in terms of progress towards a social model. There has been a lot of activity in this area but it’s clear that there are inconsistencies in progress made, both across the sector and within individual providers.  

Page last updated 1 November 2017

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