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HEFCE's regional approach

HEFCE is a national funding body, whose mission is to support the development of excellence in teaching, learning, widening participation and research and knowledge transfer. A large proportion of our core funding for teaching and research is distributed using national funding methods. However, we also recognise that there are significant opportunities for us to work with regional stakeholders to support institutions in making the most effective contribution to their region or area, helping them to meet the needs of that region's students, economy and civil society. This will also contribute directly to HEFCE's national strategy.

Our approach to the regions recognises the diversity of HEIs and of regions, and does not seek to impose any blueprint, but rather to support the relationships that are already being developed between regional bodies and HEIs. We are careful to avoid being constrained to looking only at Government Office regions, but also take into account smaller areas and trans-regional issues as appropriate.

We therefore:

Questions about HEFCE's regional approach should be directed to David Sweeney, tel 0117 931 7304, e-mail d.sweeney@hefce.ac.uk.

Last updated 17 November 2009