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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 The information on this website is historical and is no longer maintained.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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Catalyst Fund: closing the skills gap and supporting the Industrial Strategy through curriculum development

HEFCE is providing £6.1 million to support over 30 universities and colleges to deliver new and enhanced higher courses in conjunction with industry - from advanced engineering to data analytics, and from artificial intelligence to bioscience.

HEFCE’s investment will help to enhance graduate outcomes and employability, and to upskill the workforce – providing the key skills that industry and employers will need and contributing to the UK’s productivity in the longer term.

Read further details in the news announcement

The projects are set out below:

Lead institution

Partner institution(s)

Catalyst funding


Aston University


Development of an employer-led BSc in Cybersecurity

Bath College

University of Gloucestershire


The FAR Project (Flexible & Accelerated Routes (FAR) in Computing and Civil Engineering HND/Cs)

Bedford College

University of Northampton; Oxford Brookes University


Advanced Engineering and Construction

Bishop Auckland College


Supporting sustainability and growth of SMEs in County Durham through higher level skills development

Brunel University London 


Centre of Flood Risk and Resilience (CFR2) – skills for flood resilient infrastructure

Coventry University


Advanced Supply Chain and Logistics Institute: co-development of tailored course content for two new industrially aligned undergraduate and Masters courses

Fareham College


Development of Mathematics for Engineering taught at higher education in further education contexts

Harper Adams University


Plant health skills for a post-Brexit UK

Lakes College


Nuclear vocational pathways and degrees

Leeds Trinity University


Embedding Digital Skills @ LTU

Liverpool John Moores University


The multidisciplinary engineer for the 21 century

Loughborough University



Newcastle University


Addressing the national data analytics skills shortage: co-creation of an industry-led Data Science programme

Newham College


Nursing Associates Foundation Degree

Norwich University of the Arts


Workspace Learning

Sheffield Hallam University


Future Leaders - graduate skills retention programme

Staffordshire University


Materials science and technologies

Teesside University


Powering Growth in the Bioscience Sector

University College London


Enhancing productivity and supporting growth of the UK Advanced Therapies sector

University of Birmingham

University College Birmingham; South & City College Birmingham


Creation of a single system to support the development of higher level skills in Engineering

University of Bristol

University of Plymouth


Composites curriculum development

University of Bristol


Cloud Computing for All

University of Cambridge


Masters in Healthcare Data: Informatics, Innovation and Commercialisation

University of Central Lancashire


Additive Manufacturing Education Programme (AMEP)

University of Chester

Reaseheath College


Flood Risk, Assessment, Modelling and Engineering (FRAME)

University of Chichester

University of Brighton; University of Sussex; Sussex Coast College; Sussex Downs College; Chichester College Group; East Surrey College; Greater Brighton Metropolitan College; Plumpton College; Havant & South Downs College; Fareham College; Isle of Wight College


Co-designing curriculum innovation to address Health & Social Care skills gaps in Sussex, Surrey, Hampshire and Isle of Wight

University of Cumbria


Post Graduate Pathways –collaborative development of industrial skills

University of Exeter


MSci/BSc Data Science – skills escalator

University of Leeds

Leeds Beckett University; Bradford College


The National MedTech Skills Academy

University of Lincoln


Industrial Digitalisation for the 21st Century

University of Sheffield


Cybersecurity and AI skills development

University of Southampton

University of Surrey; University of Cambridge; Cardiff University; University College London; University of Manchester


Producing a skilled labour force via curriculum development and bespoke training

University of the Arts London


The Games Fusion Project

University of Wolverhampton


Cyber Industrial Curriculum (CIC)

Total funding £6,145,041  

Page last updated 24 January 2018