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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 The information on this website is historical and is no longer maintained.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 scheme involved 200 universities and FECs and reached 4,300 secondary schools and colleges through 34 local and 4 national networks.

How did the scheme work?

Each network appointed a single point of contact (SPoC), who:

  • helped teachers and advisers find out about the outreach activity which universities and colleges run in their area
  • provided general advice about progression into HE.

Each network hosted a website with information about outreach activity and signposted other information to support schools and colleges as they prepared their students for HE. 

The three national networks offered support to specific groups of students at national level. These groups were: students wishing to progress to Oxford or Cambridge, older learners wishing to continue or return to study, and care leavers. 

Networks and their members

To see the full list of networks and the universities, colleges and other organisations involved in each one see below.

See the list of networks

Key policy documents

The scheme finished on 31 December 2016 and we have published the final reports, covering monitoring and evaluation: 

In February 2016, we published a report which set out the key themes emerging from the first monitoring reports submitted by networks and projects:

Funding for the networks

The Government provided £22 million for the NNCO scheme over academic years 2014-15 and 2015-16. The scheme was managed by HEFCE.

Final allocations for the NNCO January 2015

Information on the amount of funding allocated to each institution is available in the documents below.

Download the NNCO_final_allocations as PDF (259 KB) Download the NNCO_final_allocations as MS Excel Spreadsheet (19 KB)


For any questions or comments about this scheme, email

Page last updated 17 August 2017