Frequently asked questions
Here are the answers to some common questions, in addition to links to where you will find more information.
Most of our funding is currently allocated by formula.
We fund eight universities, teaching at the Open University in Wales, some University of Wales research and a small number of higher education courses at FE colleges.
The Welsh Government is the main funder of further education colleges, although HEFCW does fund most higher education courses at FE colleges.
HEFCW does not fund individual research projects. However, the Research Councils might be helpful.
Our Studying in Wales section points you towards useful websites.
Our Training to be a teacher section gives further information.
There is some information on the statistical pages of our website.
We cannot become involved in disputes between students or staff and higher education institutions. HEFCW follows a formal complaints procedure in line with the Higher Education (Wales) Act 2015.
Each university and college has its own complaints and appeals, and whistleblowing procedures. If you are a staff or student complainant, you should make sure you have been through this procedure before taking further action. Taking advice from internal sources within your institution (your tutor, course representative, student welfare office or your students' union) beforehand might resolve issues informally.
If you are a student and have exhausted your university's internal complaints procedure - and have received your 'Completion of Procedures' letter - but remain dissatisfied, the Office of the Independent Adjudicator for Higher Education (OIA) provides an independent scheme reviewing student complaints.Also, see the National Union of Students website and guidance from the Competition and Markets Authority.