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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 The information on this website is historical and is no longer maintained.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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We address educational inequality by targeting resource and activity on areas where relatively few people have traditionally participated in higher education.

What have we done? 

We have shone a spotlight on inequalities of degree and employment outcomes for students from ethnic minority backgrounds.

We have funded and supported institutions to effectively meet the needs of their disabled students, encouraging them to adopt the social model of disability and develop inclusive learning and teaching environments where individual needs can be met.

What are we doing? 

Significant challenges remain which is why HEFCE is reviewing research and practice across a number of areas so that we can develop our funding and policy framework in a way that supports innovation, drives change and delivers the optimal outcomes for the benefit of the individual, the economy and society.