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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 The information on this website is historical and is no longer maintained.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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Partnerships exist for many reasons:

  • Developing curriculum to improve the achievement and attainment levels of pupils. 
  • Work to familiarise learners with higher education through outreach events such as summer schools. 
  • Support for learners through improved information, advice and guidance. 
  • Shared governance arrangements, including the establishment of academies and trust schools.

Examples of effective partnership

In 2009, we funded a grant programme to research these types of partnerships. We funded eleven higher education institutions as part of the grants programme.

The reports offer examples of local good practice for institutions looking to enhance their partnership working.

Further information

For further information, please contact Anju Kataria  email, tel. 0117 931 7153.

Page last updated 5 January 2015