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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 The information on this website is historical and is no longer maintained.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 Academy will achieve this goal through:

  • industrial internships and industry-led undergraduate projects
  • refurbishment of teaching laboratories to develop training in technical industrially-relevant skills
  • enhancing the focus of the taught curriculum on the work of industry
  • organising joint workshops and recruitment events with industrial partners and regional universities. 

The work of the Academy seeks to help employers, graduate physicists and the wider economy. It will support the significant contribution physics-based businesses make to the economy by addressing the deficit of suitably qualified graduates and postgraduates they often report. It will also help undergraduate physicists to understand the range of employment opportunities that are available.

The Academy will extend to a number of partner universities, such as Hull, Bradford and Leeds to share best practice and to identify common problems that can be better addressed through a consortium-based approach.  Sharing of best practice and exchange of information will also be extended to the wider higher education sector.

Project information

Catalyst funding £2,000,000
Total project funding £5,000,000
Project contact

Professor Sue Hartley, Acting Academic Director

Dr Richard Smith, University of York Agri-Food Project Manager


Project website

Page last updated 28 April 2017

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