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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 The information on this website is historical and is no longer maintained.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 project used physical and virtual collaboration space, designed to inspire learners in collaborative engineering which solves real-world problems.

The initiative involved co-operation with a range of industrial partners, from small to medium-sized businesses through to large multinationals, such as Rolls-Royce. It also fostered international examples of best practice, including universities and technical institutes in South Korea, India and Germany.

The project had the support of the South East Midlands local enterprise partnership (LEP), and aimed to draw in wider LEP support for manufacturing clusters of small and medium-sized enterprises in the area.

Project information

Catalyst funding £2,850,000
Total project funding £5,950,000
Project contact Professor Raj Roy
Tel 01234 750111
Project website

Page last updated 25 January 2015

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