You need cookies enabled

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 The information on this website is historical and is no longer maintained.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


You need cookies enabled

The second phase of the project will run from 2013 to 2018. This phase retains seven current partners and sees three new partners: the Open University, and the Universities of Reading and Hertfordshire.

As part of the new phase, the network will develop a regional graduate network (GRADnet) built on the strength of current SEPnet research collaborations and graduate programmes.  

This aims to:

  • develop and deliver at doctoral level an exemplary programme of transferable and leadership skills delivered flexibly, on-site and on-screen
  • produce doctoral graduates in physics, suitably trained to enter employment
  • engage employers and institutions through PhD internships, visiting studentships, industrially-sponsored CASE studentships and Knowledge Transfer fellowships
  • enhance the impact of SEPnet’s research via a clear, collaborative strategy
  • enhance the research environment’s diversity by working with Athena SWAN or the IoP’s Project Juno.

The Open University and the University of Hertfordshire broaden the range of postgraduate research in the network. These expanded skills and experience will help the network to focus on these goals.

The new partners, for example, will increase the scope to work with employer networks across the region. This means the project will widen the range of work experiences available to undergraduates  and postgraduates, enhancing progress to research degrees. 

The project will build on the success of its Outreach Programme. It will take on board resources and experience from the Open University and Hertfordshire. It will also share this best practice, and develop and share effective ways to increase diversity among undergraduate and postgraduate physics students. 

Project information

Catalyst funding £2,750,000  
Total project funding £13,097,000
Project contact

Dr E James W West



02380 592 267 


Page last updated 25 January 2015

Related content