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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 The information on this website is historical and is no longer maintained.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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It is designed to stimulate a new industry-funded undergraduate degree termed the Applied Engineering Programme (AEP). This programme manages the learning environment with a focus on the latest technologies. Learning by company employees takes place partly in the workplace, including through Higher Apprenticeships.

The AEP builds on the Warwick Manufacturing Group’s strength in applied research and novel developments at postgraduate level. It focused initially on the automotive sector (with Jaguar Land Rover as an initial co-investor). There are now 22 companies involved, across the aerospace, defence, engineering, materials, rail and telecommunications sectors. By October 2017, almost 450 industry-funded participants have been registered on the five streams of Manufacturing Systems, Product Creation, Business and Rail Engineering. 

Each degree is run in one-week blocks with extensive use of a Virtual Learning Environment to maintain involvement and to expand the learning of the participants between each one. Teaching is application-led with the aim to give direct value back to the individuals and their supporting companies throughout the degree, not just at the end.

Project information

Catalyst funding £2,830,000
Total project funding £2,830,000
Project contact Professor Kevin Neailey 

Page last updated 25 January 2015

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