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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 The information on this website is historical and is no longer maintained.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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HEFCE is providing just over £800,000 to support sigma, a network to promote mathematics and statistics support across the country.

Students across a wide range of subjects need skills in mathematics and statistics. For some subjects these skills and career plans are more central than others.

The sigma project has:

  • supported the development of maths ‘drop-in’ centres
  • developed resources for use across the network
  • provided staff training
  • provided a platform through six regional hubs for the sharing of experience and practice.

House of Lords Select Committee on Science and Technology

In February 2014 we submitted evidence to the House of Lords Select Committee on Science and Technology, which is conducting a short inquiry on International STEM students.

Our submission, and the data that supports it, can be found below.

Further information

For more information contact Peter Seddon, tel 0117 931 7469, email