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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 The information on this website is historical and is no longer maintained.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 centre will act as a place for industry and academia to interact. It will provide crucial infrastructure for emerging research opportunities.

The centre will be housed in a new building as part of the industrial cluster along the north bank of the river Tyne in Newcastle. It will comprise a high-specification engineering laboratory and a small provision of office and support space.

The research centre will provide significant and distinctive research assets that are not available in the UK on this scale (such assets currently exist only in small-scale laboratories). The centre will also develop highly skilled graduates (through project work), and so address key skill shortages for UK industry.

Project information

Catalyst funding £3,000,000  
Total project funding £7,000,000

Page last updated 25 January 2015

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