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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 The information on this website is historical and is no longer maintained.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 - www.hefce.ac.uk - 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. We intend to add more information, including project summaries and key contact details, so please revisit this page for updates.

Lead institution

Partner institution(s)

Catalyst funding

Project

Aston University

  £194,122

Development of an employer-led BSc in Cybersecurity

Bath College

University of Gloucestershire

£90,000

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

Bedford College

University of Northampton; Oxford Brookes University

£170,100

Advanced Engineering and Construction

Bishop Auckland College

  £200,000

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

Brunel University London 

  £200,000

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

Coventry University

  £200,000

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

Fareham College

  £120,000

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

Harper Adams University

  £200,000

Plant health skills for a post-Brexit UK

Lakes College

  £200,000

Nuclear vocational pathways and degrees

Leeds Trinity University

  £104,000

Embedding Digital Skills @ LTU

Liverpool John Moores University

  £199,375

The multidisciplinary engineer for the 21 century

Loughborough University

  £199,718

FlexiTREN

Newcastle University

  £126,486

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

Newham College

  £200,000

Nursing Associates Foundation Degree

Norwich University of the Arts

  £165,000

Workspace Learning

Sheffield Hallam University

  £199,824

Future Leaders - graduate skills retention programme

Staffordshire University

  £200,000

Materials science and technologies

Teesside University

  £163,318

Powering Growth in the Bioscience Sector

University College London

  £191,474

Enhancing productivity and supporting growth of the UK Advanced Therapies sector

University of Birmingham

University College Birmingham; South & City College Birmingham

£197,000

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

University of Bristol

University of Plymouth

£200,000

Composites curriculum development

University of Bristol

  £200,000

Cloud Computing for All

University of Cambridge

  £199,400

Masters in Healthcare Data: Informatics, Innovation and Commercialisation

University of Central Lancashire

  £199,763

Additive Manufacturing Education Programme (AMEP)

University of Chester

Reaseheath College

£112,682

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

£200,000

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

University of Cumbria

  £199,350

Post Graduate Pathways –collaborative development of industrial skills

University of Exeter

  £187,500 

MSci/BSc Data Science – skills escalator

University of Leeds

Leeds Beckett University; Bradford College

£200,000

The National MedTech Skills Academy

University of Lincoln

  £192,323

Industrial Digitalisation for the 21st Century

University of Sheffield

  £183,409

Cybersecurity and AI skills development

University of Southampton

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

£199,843

Producing a skilled labour force via curriculum development and bespoke training

University of the Arts London

  £158,354

The Games Fusion Project

University of Wolverhampton

  £192,000

Cyber Industrial Curriculum (CIC)

Total funding £6,145,041  

Page last updated 24 January 2018

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