A report exploring international comparisons with UK interdisciplinary research highlights an increasing global trend towards interdisciplinarity, and confirms the UK’s world-leading research performance.
Record levels of people from lower-income families are now entering higher education. Similarly, the numbers of students with disabilities, and from black or ethnic minority groups, are continuing to increase. However, these groups still underachieve in terms of degree results, progression into further study and graduate-level employment.
The Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) has notified HEFCE of the need to make £150 million of savings from the HEFCE teaching grant. [Note 1]
HEFCE’s Catalyst Fund is supporting the University of Sheffield’s Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre to develop a new education pathway for apprentices to continue their studies through foundation, bachelor and masters level.
The results of the 2013-14 Higher Education – Business and Community Interaction (HE-BCI) survey highlight an increase of 10 per cent in the volume of interactions between universities and the economy and society, from £3.6 billion in 2012-13 to over £3.9 billion in 2013-14.
An independent report provides a comprehensive insight into the varied costs and benefits arising from participation in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF).
HEFCE is supporting an independent review into computer science degree provision and graduate employability led by Sir Nigel Shadbolt.
The funding bodies for higher education in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, as part of their statutory responsibilities, are consulting on a new approach to quality assessment to meet the future needs of students, employers and the sector.
A report published by HEFCE shows that in 2013-14 universities and colleges in England significantly increased their investment in measures to widen access and improve success for students from disadvantaged backgrounds. The report demonstrates that the HEFCE SO allocation is the largest single source of funding contributing to activity to widen access and support student success, and that institutions are investing it strategically to support students throughout the student lifecycle.
ORCID, a way of identifying researchers which enables a range of improvements to scholarly communications, is being offered to UK higher education institutions through a new national consortium.
HEFCE welcomes Vice-Chancellor, Professor Mark E Smith as the new Chair of the Financial Sustainability Strategy Group (FSSG).
A report published by HEFCE shows that students starting their first degrees through transnational pathways (a total of 17,140 in 2013-14) have higher progression rates into postgraduate study than other international students.
New interactive maps released by HEFCE describe the size, industry sector distribution and characteristics of small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) across England.