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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 The information on this website is historical and is no longer maintained.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 have supported a programme of demand-raising activity to encourage the take-up of modern foreign languages courses in England.

The three-year-programme ran from 2013 to 2016 and was led by University of Southampton. It encouraged universities, school and employers to work together to raise aspirations and attainment of students in secondary school and higher education by focusing on increasing participation in work and study abroad opportunities.

That demand-raising activity built on the work of the Routes into Languages programme.

Further information

For more information contact Darren Watson, tel 0117 931 7452, email


Page last updated 6 February 2017