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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 The information on this website is historical and is no longer maintained.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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HEFCE’s Catalyst Fund for knowledge exchange is supporting the creation of a national database and virtual interface for the UK’s musical instrument museums.

The interface will be a powerful resource of national and international importance, delivering scientifically refined, dynamically linked, and media-rich information on over 20,000 instruments. Providing an infrastructure for over one-hundred collections of all sizes to increase their visibility and impact in the wider world, the content will stimulate knowledge exchange, research and education, and cultural awareness in music and musical instruments.

The project will enhance cooperation between UK higher education institutions and the private sector. Led by a collaboration between the Royal College of Music, Royal Academy of Music, Horniman Museum, and University of Edinburgh, a technical development partnership with Google will ensure content reaches the wider public through Google Cultural Institute and intelligent personal assistant technology. Data will also be conveyed into major international resources such as MIMO ( and Europeana (

Project information

Catalyst funding £309,227
Total project funding £901,035
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