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 The information on this website is historical and is no longer maintained.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

HEFCE allocated funding from the Catalyst Fund to identify and support good practice to improve and enhance student safeguarding on campus, looking specifically at tackling sexual violence, hate crime and online harassment.

This is in response to the recommendations in Universities UK (UUK)’s taskforce report which aims to 'change the culture' in higher education.

Second funding round

The second round of funding invited applications for up to £50,000, to be match-funded by the institution by either investment or resource.

Projects had to target hate crime and online harassment or a combination of both.

The first round funded projects tackling sexual violence. The second round also considered projects with this aim if their explicit focus is groups and individuals who may be more vulnerable to abuse or who face barriers to reporting. Examples would be different ethnic and religious groups, lesbian, bisexual, gay or trans individuals or people with disabilities.

Read the full list of institutions funded in the second round


  • Projects should take a collaborative approach and include key stakeholders to maximise impact.
  • Funding applications should demonstrate an effective partnership with the National Union of Students that draws on their knowledge, skills and influence.
  • Applications could include work across a variety of levels of development, from initial baseline projects through to more nuanced or developed projects.
  • Institutions successful in the first round could bid for further funding in the second round for distinct project work or extensions of existing project work that comply with the themes and selection criteria.

First round funding

This funding round in February 2017 had a focus on tackling sexual violence on campus. Funds of up to £50,000 (match-funded by institutions) were allocated to 63 projects across English universities and eligible further education colleges. 

Read the full list of institutions funded in the first round


All projects across the two funding rounds will be supported by an active evaluation project that will co-ordinate and facilitate information and knowledge exchange while capturing and disseminating what works for the benefit of the wider sector. The aim of this is to sustain the impact for students and institutions beyond the 12 month funding period.

Page last updated 13 October 2017

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