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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 The information on this website is historical and is no longer maintained.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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Four further networks offered advice at the national level. These worked with local networks to offer complementary services.

The National Network for the Education of Care Leavers

This network focused on information and resources for care leavers, and all those that support them, about progression to higher education. 

The Open University NNCO

The main focus of this network was to serve adults looking for simplified advice and guidance on all the non-traditional routes to and through higher education and included informal to formal journeys.  

HE in London

Lead institution: Birkbeck University

This function brought together the work of the other London-based networks into a co-ordinated pan-London approach covering all schools and colleges and working with London Boroughs, charities and other HE providers or organisations.

Oxford and Cambridge Collaborative Network

Lead institution: University of Oxford

Member institutions: University of Cambridge

This national collaborative network offered the opportunity to ensure that schools were fully aware of the support available from the two universities.

Page last updated 17 August 2017