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  • What we do:
    Funds higher education
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    • Nicholson House, Lime Kiln Close, BRISTOL, BS34 8SR
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About Higher Education Funding Council for England

Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) distribute public money for teaching and research in universities and colleges in England so they can deliver the greatest benefit to students and the wider public.

The organisation aims to create and sustain the conditions for a world-leading system of higher education, which transforms lives, strengthens the economy and enriches society.

Through its core principles of openness, impartiality, fairness and objectivity, HEFCE also aim to be a great place for employees to work, inviting members of staff to take part in a number of training and development programmes, as well as looking to reduce stress.

Chief Executive Madeleine Atkins has led the organisation through a period of significant financial pressure and political change. She believes in being open and honest with staff, holding regular briefing sessions where questions and engagement are welcomed.

What is it like to work for Higher Education Funding Council for England

My Manager
My Manager
The annual appraisal system includes details of manager competencies against which managers are assessed and development needs identified. This year, there is a renewed focus on personal objectives that are in line with the business and appropriately stretching and relevant to the role and wider context.
Personal Growth
Personal Growth
All staff have been assigned a minimum of three personal development days, during which they are invited to identify training needs. This has been supported through a new online learning system, which allows employees to complete training courses and record development.
My Team
My Team
An annual staff conference gives all staff the chance to work together, engage with senior management and participate and contribute to corporate activities. The event features a number of different activities showcasing current policy initiatives, while sharing current thinking on the vision of the organisation.

Learn more about the 8 factors of workplace engagement here


  • Charity Activities
    Charity Activities

    At least 20% of staff are known to undertake charitable activities during business hours without incurring financial loss

  • Women

    At least 40% of senior managers are women

  • Pensions

    Companies offering a final salary, non-contributory pension scheme or one in which the employer puts in at least three times

  • Development

    Non work related training supported

Company Statistics

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    30% / 70%

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  • Earning £35,000+:



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