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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 The information on this website is historical and is no longer maintained.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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The Catalyst Fund has now closed and we are no longer receiving applications.

Catalyst Fund: Decisions and approvals

Review of Expressions of Interest

All general bidders submit an Expression of Interest form that is reviewed by our Catalyst Fund Internal Group. The Group aims to meet every six weeks throughout the year but bids will be considered outside of these meetings as required.

The Group is chaired by the Director for Universities and Colleges with standing members including all Regional Consultants and senior representatives from across HEFCE as necessary. 

The Catalyst Fund Panel

The Catalyst Fund Panel makes final decisions on proposals at over £3 million and up to £8 million, which are rated as low or medium risk, or on lower value proposals which are rated as higher risk.

The Panel formally meets three to four times a year. It currently consists of six members and is chaired by the HEFCE Chief Executive. It also considers bids outside of these meetings as required.

Panel Chair

Professor Madeleine Atkins CBE

HEFCE Chief Executive

Panel Members

Professor Carl Lygo HEFCE Board member
Professor Graeme Reid Professor of Science and Research Policy, University College London
Sheila Healy Chair of Arts Council England South West
Professor Colin Mellors York, North Yorkshire LEP Board member and former Pro Vice-Chancellor at University of York
Professor Philip Jones Former Vice-Chancellor, Sheffield Hallam University

HEFCE Director with responsibility for the Catalyst Fund

Yvonne Hawkins HEFCE Director for Universities and Colleges

Page last updated 30 August 2017