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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 The information on this website is historical and is no longer maintained.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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This project ran from 2012 to 2016 and supported good practice in the design, operation and management of laboratories in English universities. This includes University College London, the project grant-holder.

It continued and extended the successful S-Lab (safe, successful, sustainable laboratories) initiative, which is now being taken forward as a self-funded activity. The main activities were:

  • the S-Lab Awards scheme
  • a number of mini-conferences and workshops
  • materials such as a laboratory environmental assessment framework and case studies
  • expert advice to a number of sector bodies.

The project also provided grants to support laboratory improvement at Bristol, Hertfordshire, Warwick and York Universities, and King’s College London.

The project culminated with a one-day conference showcasing laboratory good practice at the University of Nottingham. It featured the new GSK Carbon-Neutral Sustainable Chemistry Laboratory which has been hailed as the most sustainable university laboratory in the world.

Project information

Catalyst funding £299,750
Total project funding £299,750
Project website

Page last updated 17 August 2016

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