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New assessment highlights excellence of teaching and learning across UK universities and colleges

21 June 2017

The results of the Teaching Excellence Framework provide a new picture of excellence in teaching and learning in UK higher education.

Upcoming UK-wide survey on the delivery of funders’ open access policies

20 June 2017

HEFCE, Jisc, the Wellcome Trust and Research Councils UK (RCUK) are to launch a survey to enhance their understanding of how the higher education sector is delivering funders’ open access policies.

Good practice in research commercialisation: Request for evidence

15 June 2017

HEFCE has issued a request for evidence on existing good practice and key issues in research contracting.

Longitudinal Education Outcomes (LEO) data published

13 June 2017

The Longitudinal Education Outcomes (LEO) data is a set of official experimental statistics on employment and earnings outcomes of higher education graduates by degree subject studied and university attended.

REF Equality and Diversity Advisory Panel announced

23 May 2017

The Research Excellence Framework team, on behalf of the four UK higher education funding bodies, is pleased to confirm the membership of the REF Equality and Diversity Advisory Panel.

David Sweeney to become Executive Chair Designate of Research England

21 April 2017

David Sweeney, HEFCE’s Director of Research, Education and Knowledge Exchange, has been appointed Executive Chair Designate of Research England.

Collaborating to commercialise: Funding for universities to deliver the Industrial Strategy

19 April 2017

HEFCE is launching the Connecting Capability Fund, with guidance on the allocation of £100 million to support university collaborations in research commercialisation.

Invitations now open for the phase 2 of the Degree Apprenticeship Development Fund

12 April 2017

Proposals for the second phase of the Degree Apprenticeships Development Fund should be submitted by noon on Tuesday 6 June 2017.

Funding confirmed for the second phase of the Degree Apprenticeship Development Fund

10 April 2017

HEFCE has received confirmation of funding from the Department for Education for the second phase of the Degree Apprenticeship Development Fund.

Interdisciplinary Research Advisory Panel announced

10 April 2017

Professor Dame Athene Donald will chair the Research Excellence Framework Interdisciplinary Research Advisory Panel.

Research Excellence Framework 2021: applications invited for Main Panel Chairs

03 April 2017

Four exceptional people are needed to serve as Main Panel Chairs (Designate) in the second Research Excellence Framework (REF).

Quality settlement between Ofsted and HEFCE for apprenticeships

03 April 2017

The launch of the Institute for Apprenticeships includes confirmation of a quality settlement between Ofsted and HEFCE that agrees responsibility for the quality assessment of apprenticeships delivered by higher education (HE) providers between Levels 4 and 7.

Promoting student electoral registration

31 March 2017

Jo Johnson MP, Minister of State for Universities, Science, Research and Innovation, has invited HEFCE to support measures to promote student electoral registration.

Financial health of the higher education sector: a variable picture

23 March 2017

The report ‘Financial health of the higher education sector: 2015-16’ shows a financially sound position overall. However, there is significant and increasing variation in the financial performances of individual institutions, with the main financial strength remaining in a small number of them.

Department of Health consultation on expansion of undergraduate medical education

14 March 2017

The Department of Health (DH) has today launched a consultation on how to maximise the benefits to the taxpayer and the NHS arising from increases in the numbers of medical school places to take place from academic year 2018-19 (Note 1).

Universities and colleges receive £2.45 million to tackle sexual harassment

13 March 2017

HEFCE has awarded grants to over 60 projects in universities and colleges across the country which address concerns about sexual violence and harassment on campus.

Science and Technology Select Committee endorses HEFCE's support for university research commercialisation

13 March 2017

The House of Commons Science and Technology Committee has today published a report following its inquiry into the role of universities in commercialising their research (Note 1).

£7.5 million to tackle barriers to student success

09 March 2017

Seventeen projects, involving 64 higher education providers, will receive up to £500,000 each from HEFCE’s Catalyst Fund over two years to address differences in student outcomes.

Interdisciplinary policy and practice: Conference report published

08 March 2017

A report has been published about a conference on policy and practice for interdisciplinary research across the UK.

Prof Dianne Berry to chair REF equality panel

08 March 2017

We are delighted to announce that Professor Dianne Berry, OBE, will chair the Research Excellence Framework Equality and Diversity Advisory Panel.