Higher Education Funding Council for England

The Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) was a non-departmental public body in the United Kingdom, which was responsible for the distribution of funding for higher education to universities and further education colleges in England since 1992. It ceased to exist as of 1 April 2018, when its duties were divided between the newly created Office for Students and Research England (operating within United Kingdom Research and Innovation).

Higher Education Funding Council for England
HEFCE
Agency overview
Formed1992
Preceding agency
Dissolved2018
Superseding agency
TypeNon-departmental public body
JurisdictionEngland
HeadquartersNicholson House, Lime Kiln Close, Stoke Gifford, Bristol, BS34 8SR
Employeesc.260
Annual budget£3.5 bn (2016-17)[2]
Minister responsible
  • Jo Johnson, Minister of State for Universities and Science
Agency executives
Parent agencyDepartment for Education
Websitewww.hefce.ac.uk

Most universities are charities and HEFCE (rather than the Charity Commission for England and Wales) was their principal regulator. HEFCE therefore had the duty to promote compliance with charity law by the universities for which it was responsible.