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Universities and SMEs working together for places and people

28 May 2015

New interactive maps released by HEFCE describe the size, industry sector distribution and characteristics of small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) across England.

Changing the learning landscape

27 March 2015

Students, practitioners and university leaders from across 145 UK universities and colleges have taken part in a ground-breaking HEFCE-funded programme, led by the Leadership Foundation, to advance technology-enhanced student learning.

Two new board members for HEFCE

27 March 2015

The Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) today welcomed Sir Keith Burnett and Professor Mary Stuart to the HEFCE board. Mark Robson was re-appointed for a further three years. All three appointments were approved by the Universities, Science and Cities Minister Greg Clark.

Future financial challenges for higher education

27 March 2015

A review of university and college finances published by HEFCE concludes that the higher education sector in England was in sound overall financial health in 2013-14.

New Centre for Global Higher Education announced

26 March 2015

HEFCE is co-funding with the Economic and Social Research Council the first research centre in this country dedicated to the investigation of higher education and its future.

HEFCE allocates £3.97 billion to universities and colleges in England for 2015-16

25 March 2015

The Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) will allocate £3.97 billion to 130 universities and higher education colleges and 214 further education and sixth form colleges for the academic year 2015-16.

£100 million awarded to seven new leading edge research projects in the UK

25 March 2015

Following the fourth round of the UK Research Partnership Investment Fund (UKRPIF), seven outstanding university research projects will receive over £100 million of investment in 2016-17 to drive innovation and economic growth.

Minister announces HEFCE funding for N8 Partnership programme

25 March 2015

The Minister for Universities, Science and Cities, Greg Clark, has today announced that HEFCE has awarded the N8 Research Partnership a grant of £7,999,254 through its Catalyst Fund (Note 1) to develop the Agri-Food Resilience Programme.

University research has wide and varied benefits

25 March 2015

A new analysis of impact case studies from the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) shows that research carried out by the UK’s universities has wide and varied benefits to the economy, society, culture, policy, health, the environment and quality of life, within the UK and overseas.

£400 million for next round of research capital investment

18 March 2015

HEFCE welcomes the Government’s announcement in the Budget of an additional £400 million for the UK Research Partnership Investment Fund (UKRPIF).

FSSG report: The sustainability of learning and teaching in higher education in England

12 March 2015

The Financial Sustainability Strategy Group (FSSG) has updated its 2008 assessment of the sustainability of learning and teaching in higher education in England.

Research to assess the nature and annual value of student start-ups

11 March 2015

A new report summarises exploratory research considering ways to provide evidence on the value of student enterprise, including student start-ups and the contribution of students to spin-outs, from English HEIs.

Changes to the HEFCE website

11 March 2015

Today we have introduced some changes to our website.

Project set to boost higher technical education in colleges across the country

04 March 2015

The Association of Colleges (AoC) has been awarded £2.75 million by the HEFCE Catalyst Fund to enhance the learning of higher education students in colleges. The project will see teachers working closely with employers to ensure they are passing on the most up-to-date industry knowledge to their students. A further £1 million will be provided by local employers and the participating colleges.

STEM accreditation reviews launched

26 February 2015

The announcement of the Government’s science and innovation strategy in December included a commission to establish a general review of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) and a specific review of computer science degree accreditation arrangements. The reviews will explore issues around graduate employability and consider options for how they could be addressed.

New HEFCE report shines further light on young participation in higher education

26 February 2015

New HEFCE research looks at how many young people go on to higher education from A-levels and similar Level 3 qualifications.

Steve Egan appointed to senior post at the University of Bath

25 February 2015

Steve Egan, Deputy Chief Executive and Director of Finance at HEFCE, has been appointed to the post of Vice-President (Implementation) at the University of Bath with effect from 1 May 2015.

Police Knowledge Fund opens for bids

19 February 2015

A £10 million fund to support closer working between higher education and the police opens for applications today.

HEFCE Business Plan 2015-2020 launched

05 February 2015

HEFCE’s Chief Executive, Professor Madeleine Atkins, has today launched HEFCE’s Business Plan 2015-2020 at the HEFCE 2015 Annual Conference at the University of London

The future of quality assessment in higher education: what approaches do other sectors and countries take?

04 February 2015

HEFCE has published two studies to support our discussion with stakeholders about future approaches to quality assessment.

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