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HEFCE welcomes streamlined TRAC Guidance

21 August 2014

HEFCE welcomes the new streamlined guidance for the Transparent Approach to Costing (TRAC) published by the TRAC Development Group (TDG). This will apply for reporting from the academic year 2014-15 onwards.

National Student Survey results hit 10-year high

12 August 2014

The satisfaction rate for students studying at UK universities and colleges has hit a 10-year high, with 86 per cent saying they are satisfied overall with their course, in this year's National Student Survey (NSS).

Data published on staff employed in the higher education sector

06 August 2014

HEFCE has published interactive data on the trends in employment of staff in the higher education sector for the ten years, 2003-04 to 2012-13. 2012-13 is the first year in which detailed information on job types is available.

Response to report on HEFCE’s role in learning and teaching enhancement

31 July 2014

This report, which was commissioned by the HEA at HEFCE’s request, reflects our commitment to independent review and evaluation of our work.

More students are staying on after their first year at university

31 July 2014

The percentage of full-time students remaining in higher education after their first year is at an all-time high according to HEFCE figures published today.

Data published on demand and supply in higher education subject areas

30 July 2014

HEFCE has published a large amount of interactive data on the current and future supply of graduates and postgraduates in all subjects.

Investing for future success of students: HEFCE response to OFFA report

23 July 2014

The Office for Fair Access (OFFA) published a report on 2015-16 access agreements today.

Report reveals positive impact of HEFCE funding on student success

17 July 2014

A report published today by HEFCE and OFFA [Note 1] shows that in 2012-13 universities and colleges in England significantly increased their investment in measures to widen access and improve success among students from low income and other under-represented groups.

£183 million for new leading-edge research facilities

09 July 2014

Three new university and business partnerships are receiving a total of £50 million of public investment in research projects to drive innovation and growth.

Major HEFCE study shows UK university students have become more satisfied over time

03 July 2014

The first large-scale analysis of the National Student Survey (NSS) looks at trends in the responses of more than 2 million final-year students over nine years [Note 1]. Overall student satisfaction has increased, but there is considerable variation between subjects of study, and between different student characteristics such as ethnicity.

Birkbeck awarded £1.47 million to pioneer ways to combine work and study

26 June 2014

Birkbeck, University of London, has received £1.47 million from the HEFCE Catalyst Fund to explore innovative approaches and opportunities for combining work and study.

Successful investment in carbon reduction with more to come

18 June 2014

Following an evaluation of the first three rounds of the HEFCE Revolving Green Fund, which confirmed the effectiveness of the scheme, a further £34 million will be invested.

Senior HEFCE executive receives honour

16 June 2014

HEFCE’s Deputy Chief Executive, Steve Egan, has been awarded a CBE in the 2014 Queen’s Birthday Honours list.

HEFCE congratulates new National Teaching Fellows

12 June 2014

A total of 55 academic staff have been awarded National Teaching Fellowships, the most prestigious awards for excellence in higher education teaching and support for learning.

Universities drive growth across the UK

12 June 2014

British universities have long been world leaders in research and teaching and the last decade has seen them rise to the challenges and opportunities of the knowledge economy.

UK universities lead the world in research

11 June 2014

The UK has the most efficient and effective research base in the world, punching well above its weight.

Universities to contribute to new Science and Innovation Strategy for the UK

16 May 2014

The four UK higher education funding bodies and Research Councils UK (RCUK) have written to the heads of all UK higher education institutions inviting input into the science and innovation strategy.

Sustainable student housing from GreenPad

14 May 2014

GreenPad is a project at Staffordshire University to create environmentally sustainable housing stock within the private rental sector, for students to rent through the students' union letting service.

Revisions to the financial memorandum

02 May 2014

An analysis of the responses to HEFCE’s recent consultation on our financial memorandum with institutions has been published.

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