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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 The information on this website is historical and is no longer maintained.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 as an employer

We are committed to promoting equality and diversity through an inclusive working culture which values diversity. We want to get the best from our staff by providing a supportive and inspiring environment encouraging self-awareness and authenticity.

We have strategies to promote a respectful, inclusive and fair workplace, including an active Equality and Diversity Steering Group. Our 'Dignity at work' policy underpins our work in this area and our aims are laid out in our 'People strategy'.

Human resources dashboard: Financial year 1 April 2016 - 31 March 2017

Download the HR_dashboard_FY_2016 as PDF (564 KB)

Staff equality information and targets

We report our equality and diversity data and progress against equality targets annually in our Annual Report on the Equality and Diversity Statement and Objectives.

We have adopted meaningful, challenging but realistic targets for HEFCE that take into account our relatively small size, low turnover and constitution.

Equality and diversity groups

We have an internal Equality and Diversity Steering Group.  This steers the planning and implementation of our equality and diversity agenda, ensuring it is central to everything that we do.

The group works with our recognised trades union, Public and Commercial Services Union (PCS), a key partner in tackling discrimination and championing equality and diversity.

Gender pay gap

Gender pay gap legislation introduced in April 2017 requires all employers of 250 or more employees to publish their gender pay gap for workers in scope as of 31 March 2017.

View the gender pay gap information

Download the Gender_pay_gap_information as PDF (359 KB)

Dignity at work

We wish to be an organisation that prioritises the well being of people in an inclusive culture which values diversity and is free from bullying, harassment and discrimination.

Our 'Dignity at work' policy is designed to support our aims by articulating our approach and outlining how we will deal with issues if they arise.

People strategy

The 'People strategy' contains five aims one of which is the aim to provide people with a healthy, safe working environment in which individuals are treated with respect.

Work-life balance

Employers have recognised that it makes good business sense to provide opportunities for their workforce to achieve a good balance in their lives. This means recognising the value and importance of life outside of work such as family commitments, the role of a carer, religion and belief.

At HEFCE we have gained a Government Beacon Award for our work in this area and have also been commended by the European Foundation for Quality Management (EFQM).

For us, the foundations of 'work-life balance' are trust and respect for others. We recognise that this is the basis for effective people management.

Further information

For more information about staff information and equality and diversity, contact Vanessa Conte, email

Page last updated 21 March 2018