A report on higher education performance indicators highlights that further education colleges (FECs) continue to achieve higher proportions of entrants from backgrounds where people have traditionally not participated in higher education (known as low-participation neighbourhoods), when compared with higher education institutions (HEIs).
A review of professional doctorates, ‘Provision of professional doctorates in English HE institutions’ was commissioned by HEFCE and carried out by the Careers Research & Advisory Centre Ltd and the University of Brighton.
As announced in the Spending Review, the Government is taking forward a review of the Research Excellence Framework to ensure future university research funding is allocated more efficiently, offers greater rewards for excellent research and reduces the administrative burden on institutions.
A further £200 million is being allocated across the UK to develop research facilities to encourage collaboration and support excellent research.
HEFCE has published a framework setting out how it will monitor compliance with the new Prevent duty in the higher education sector in England. Higher education providers will need to submit a self-assessment of their levels of preparedness in January, followed by more detailed information later the year.
The Government’s Autumn Statement confirms the availability of £10,000 loans for students under 60 wanting to take masters degrees from 2016-17. HEFCE welcomes the introduction of the loans and looks forward to working with the Government to review how they affect participation at masters level.
The three higher education funding bodies in England, Wales and Northern Ireland have published an analysis of responses to their consultation on future approaches to quality assessment.
HEFCE has published a report on the characteristics of high-performing research units, which provides key insights and a better understanding of strategic approaches to excellent research in UK university research units.
HEFCE, GuildHE, the Association of Colleges, the National Union of Students, Study UK, the Independent Universities Group and Universities UK announce the publication of the jointly developed Statement of Good Practice on higher education course changes and closures.
A review of the financial health of higher education institutions published by HEFCE concludes that future projected surplus levels are not sufficient to sustain the higher education sector in England. There is also significant variation in the financial performance and capital investment plans of individual institutions, and a widening gap between the lowest- and highest-performing institutions.
The Government’s higher education Green Paper sets out proposals to place students at the centre of a reshaped higher education landscape, with a focus on improving the quality of teaching, widening participation, and enhancing student choice.
New research [Note 1] shows that HEFCE funding for university knowledge exchange (KE) activity delivers significant and increasing return for public investment.
An independent survey [Note 1] has found that HEFCE is considered by its stakeholders to be highly respected, trusted and approachable [Note 2]. There is widespread and increased recognition of HEFCE’s role as a broker between Government and the higher education sector, and 94 per cent of respondents believe that HEFCE implements Government policy effectively [Note 3].
The UK funding bodies for higher education have published two further research reports that provide supporting evidence for the consultation published on 1 October.
After a successful first year in which the Register has shown its value to users, we are enhancing it further and continuing to encourage its use.
The UK funding bodies for higher education have published a joint consultation on changes arising from their review of information about learning and teaching, and the student experience.