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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 The information on this website is historical and is no longer maintained.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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HEFCE is funding and managing a programme of support, evaluation and dissemination activity for the 67 projects. The programme aims to support projects to:

  • maximise opportunities for networking, dissemination and take-up of practice and findings
  • share good practice, ideas, problems and solutions
  • identify less successful approaches and disseminating intended outcomes and learning from the process.

Innovation in learning and teaching workshops

Second project workshop

The second project workshop will be held on 21 March 2018. It will enable sharing of practice between projects and capture learning to inform development of an innovation toolkit.


Download the Second project workshop agenda as PDF (262 KB)

First project workshop

The first project workshop took place on 4 April 2017 and facilitated inter-project networking, provided thematic information sessions and advised on dissemination, sustainability and evaluation.


LSE Enterprises Ltd. has been appointed as our external evaluator to identify and share lessons learnt from and between the 67 funded projects. The external evaluation team will be led by Dr Claire Gordon and Dr Colleen McKenna.

The aims of the evaluation are to:

  • contribute to an enhanced understanding of current research in the area of innovation in learning and teaching
  • draw out learning, to inform government policy and institutional practice, about how well-managed innovation works, with a focus on the student perspective and the role of students in the innovation process
  • enhance understanding of how the process of innovation in a specific HE context might enable or inhibit wider take-up
  • support projects to effectively assess their impact
  • ensure learning from the projects is identified and shared for the benefit of the wider HE sector
  • inform HEFCE recommendations to Government on future learning and teaching policy, including the tools for supporting innovation.

Interim report survey findings

Advisory group

The support programme benefits from advice and guidance for an advisory group, whose membership has been established to give a balance of skills, expertise and interest in learning and teaching across the HE sector.


Dr Kyriaki Anagnostopoulou, Assistant Dean and Associate Professor Institute for Education, Bath Spa University

Sarah Davies, Head of Higher Education and Student Experience, JISC

Dr Pauline Hanesworth, Academic Lead, Equality and Diversity/TEF, Higher Education Academy

Sarah Hayes, UG project representative, Aston University

Dr Lesly Huxley, Director, Membership and Organisational Development, Leadership Foundation for Higher Education

Dr Helen King, Associate Director of Academic Practice, University of the West of England

Siân Prime, PG project representative, Goldsmith’s College

Dr Arti Saraswat, Senior Policy Manager: Professional and Higher Education, Association of Colleges

Amanda Wilcox, Regional Consultant, HEFCE


Linda Allebon, Higher Education Policy Adviser, HEFCE

Page last updated 28 February 2018

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