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Latest news and events from HEFCE are listed by year in date order.

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Quality Assessment Review Steering Group announced

27 October 2014

A Quality Assessment Review Steering Group has been established, consisting of representatives from the higher education sector including the National Union of Students [Note 1].

UK review of National Student Survey – the next phase

24 October 2014

The review of the National Student Survey is entering a phase of testing and development.

Future financial challenges facing the higher education sector

24 October 2014

A review of the financial health of higher education institutions published by HEFCE concludes that the higher education sector in England faces significant financial challenges over the next three years.

£110 million for research into personalised cancer treatments

23 October 2014

A new university and business partnership is receiving £35 million of public investment in research to drive innovation and growth.

The role of universities in city and local growth

22 October 2014

HEFCE welcomes the final report of the City Growth Commission (Note 1), including its specific analysis of the role of universities (Note 2).

Encouraging greater diversity in governing bodies

21 October 2014

HEFCE’s January 2013 grant letter from the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills highlighted the lack of diversity among institutional governing bodies, and the relatively low proportions of women, people from a black or minority ethnic group and disabled people in senior management positions in the higher education sector. It asked HEFCE to continue working with the sector and Equality Challenge Unit to address these longstanding issues.

Evaluating impact assessment in the REF

20 October 2014

An evaluation of the assessment process for impact in the Research Excellence Framework (REF) is now under way.

Pharmacy consultation outcomes published

15 October 2014

HEFCE and Health Education England (HEE) have published the responses to a consultation on the supply of pharmacy graduates in England.

Views on an international REF invited

14 October 2014

HEFCE has published a survey inviting views on an internationalised system of research assessment.

Quality assessment in UK higher education

07 October 2014

The higher education (HE) funding bodies in England, Wales and Northern Ireland [Note 1] are to seek views on future approaches to the assessment of quality in higher education [Note 2]. Based on the feedback we receive, we will then invite tenders under a joint procurement exercise. This will ensure transparency and demonstrate value for money.

What difference does having a university in your area make?

01 October 2014

HEFCE has published new data exploring the link between economic growth and higher education provision. The interactive data toolkit identifies ‘cold spots’ in higher education provision and participation across England.

Annual procurement survey results

30 September 2014

HEFCE has received the results of the most recent Efficiency Measurement Model survey, through which universities report on the efficiencies achieved through improved procurement methods.

Funding for ‘anchor institutions’, technical skills and small and specialist institutions

26 September 2014

HEFCE is announcing three dedicated calls for bids to the Catalyst Fund, in line with its own and government priorities. The Catalyst Fund enables HEFCE to deliver its strategic aims for higher education in research, teaching and knowledge exchange. These calls for expressions of interest cover three specific areas.

REF impact case studies to be analysed

22 September 2014

A new project will analyse the wider impact of the research undertaken by UK universities.

HEFCE response to written ministerial statement on changes to Disabled Students' Allowance

12 September 2014

HEFCE is committed to working with universities, colleges and others to ensure as far as possible that disabled students are properly supported to succeed in their studies and in future employment.

£60 million of public and private investment for new leading-edge graphene research facility

10 September 2014

Funding announced today by the Chancellor will support the construction of a Graphene Engineering Innovation Centre (GEIC) at the University of Manchester. The GEIC will play a key role in exploiting and maintaining the UK’s world-leading position in graphene and related 2-D materials.

Significant increase in students entering postgraduate research with prior PG qualifications

09 September 2014

New HEFCE analysis shows that the proportion of students entering postgraduate (PG) research degrees with a prior PG qualification has increased from 33 per cent to 59 per cent over the last 12 years [Note 1].

Register of higher education providers launched

05 September 2014

HEFCE has today published its first register of higher education providers. An authoritative reference point for a wide range of users, the register describes the powers that providers regulated in England have, and the controls that apply to them.

HEFCE funding for Jisc national data centre

04 September 2014

A new data centre, funded with £900,000 from HEFCE, will open up high-performance computing at a reasonable price to a consortium of universities and research institutes under a five-year agreement.

UK Research Partnership Investment Fund round 4

02 September 2014

A further £100 million is being allocated across the UK to develop research facilities to encourage collaboration and support excellent research.

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