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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 The information on this website is historical and is no longer maintained.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.

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The project will develop a new, high quality, technical, vocational route into university, as part of the university's successful Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre advanced apprentices scheme. It will feature an innovative curriculum in advanced manufacturing to recognise the skills, experiences and particular learning styles of the apprentices, while meeting the needs of employers.

The degree-level apprenticeships programme will give a tailored alternative for students wishing to continue from their advanced apprenticeship, A-Levels or BTEC onto a foundation degree and a higher apprenticeship. These will lead into a new bachelor and master of manufacturing technology qualification up to level 7.

The project is expected to attract more students from under-represented groups than traditional models of learning. It will give them access to world-class university education in an internationally leading translational research context, with simultaneous work-based training to create the next generation of engineers.

The first intake of students is expected in 2016-17.

The quality, industry powered, apprenticeships are set to play a key role in cementing collaborations between universities and businesses and boosting UK productivity. 

Project information

Catalyst funding £1,616,800
Total project funding £6,584,150
Project contact Dr.Tony Strike
Telephone number 0114 22 21211 

Page last updated 13 October 2016

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