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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 The information on this website is historical and is no longer maintained.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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Shared relationship management strategy

We have developed a shared relationship management strategy with HEIs’ governing bodies (HEFCE Circular Letter 12/2011).

This promotes a shared understanding across the sector of the respective roles of governing bodies, institutional executives and HEFCE, and the boundaries of those roles.

HEFCE Governance newsletter

We provide an e-newsletter aimed at governors of English higher education institutions.

The service gives updates on HEFCE activity, covering news, publications, policy developments and information relevant to governors. Sign up for this service.

Guide for governors

The latest version of the CUC Higher Education Code of Governance was published in December 2014. The Code is designed to help governing bodies meet and exceed the basic requirements contained within institutional governing instruments and the legal and regulatory requirements placed on HE providers in the UK.  In addition, it shares and encourages adoption of good practice across the higher education sector. 

Download the CUC Higher Education Code of Governance.

Good practice

‌ We have funded several projects to develop and embed good governance practice

Page last updated 8 December 2016