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 The information on this website is historical and is no longer maintained.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

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As part of a programme run with a range of HE-BCI stakeholders to develop a broader range of measurements for higher education's engagement with business and the community we supported six 'micro-studies'.

The programme

The programme aimed to explore gaps in the metrics available through the higher education-business and community interaction survey. Specifically, it aimed to improve the data available in the areas of:

  • society, community and culture (covering public, community, and civic engagement)
  • public policy
  • student enterprise or social enterprise
  • staff and student exchanges between HE and business and the community measuring benefits.

The studies

The six micro-studies aimed to explore metrics in one of the four areas of focus listed above. The studies were based at six separate institutions, had limited scope, and ran for a short duration. 

InstitutionMetricFinal reports
Institute of Education Public policy Download the insted as PDF (591 KB)
Teesside University Enterprise and impact Download the teesside as PDF (1,316 KB)
University of Birmingham Public policy Download the birmingham as PDF (708 KB) 
Leeds Metropolitan University Society, community and culture Download the leedsmet as PDF (562 KB) 
University of Liverpool Public policy Download the liverpool as PDF (942 KB) 
University of Greenwich Measuring impacts Download the Greenwich as PDF (629 KB) 

The joint HEFCE/UUK Sounding Board considered the final reports for the studies in July 2010. 

Further information

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Page last updated 19 December 2014