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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 The information on this website is historical and is no longer maintained.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 was a response to the rapid growth in mobile communications, which is doubling worldwide every year.

It developed joint academic-industry programmes to train a new generation of ‘agile innovation’ researchers and engineers.

Working in this way the project aimed to develop and test innovative approaches and products at speed. This reduced risk and increased the gateway’s impact by turning good ideas into profitable business outcomes.

The gateway worked through links with three other organisations, including two ‘Catapult Centres’ or physical centres that bring together businesses, scientists and engineers to apply scientific research. These were the Connected Digital Economy Catapult, the Surrey International Development Centre for Fifth-Generation (‘5G’) Mobile Communications, and the Satellite Applications Catapult at Harwell.

Major industry partners included the BBC, Aeroflex, Mycom and Everything Everywhere Ltd (EE). 

Project information

Catalyst funding £2,999,769
Total project funding £13,200,000
Project contact Sue Combly
Tel 01483 683739
Project website

Page last updated 25 January 2015

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