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Chair of Office for Students appointed

07 February 2017

HEFCE welcomes the announcement today by Justine Greening, Secretary of State for Education, that Sir Michael Barber is the Government’s preferred candidate to be the first chair of the new regulator for higher education, the Office for Students.

Professor Sir Mark Walport named as first chief executive of UKRI

02 February 2017

The Minister for Universities, Science, Research and Innovation, Jo Johnson, has announced that Professor Sir Mark Walport will be the Chief Executive Designate of UK Research and Innovation (UKRI).

299 universities and colleges take part in Year Two of the Teaching Excellence Framework

27 January 2017

Following the deadline for applications to Year Two of the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) on 26 January 2017, a total of 299 universities, colleges and alternative providers of higher education have chosen to participate.

Annual procurement survey - responses invited

27 January 2017

The latest survey designed to measure the levels of efficiency and effectiveness in the higher education sector – the procurement efficiency measurement model (EMM) survey – is currently open.

Strong progress on preventing terrorism

18 January 2017

Higher education providers are making clear progress in implementing the new statutory Prevent duty, according to a report published by HEFCE.

HEFCE to invest £10.7 million per year for university museums, galleries and collections

17 January 2017

HEFCE will fund 33 higher education museums, galleries and collections which provide a unique and significant contribution to research and scholarship

Manager and deputy appointed to lead development of second Research Excellence Framework

16 January 2017

HEFCE, on behalf of the four funding bodies [Note 1], is pleased to announce the first appointments to the team that will develop and implement the next Research Excellence Framework (REF) [Note 2].

£52 million awarded to leading-edge research projects in engineering and the social sciences

05 January 2017

Imperial College London and the London School of Economics are the first universities to receive funding for their research projects in the fifth round of the UK Research Partnership Investment Fund. The two outstanding projects will receive £52 million of investment in 2018-19 and 2019-20, to drive innovation and support the UK’s economic growth.

HEFCE welcomes the government response to the Dowling Review

21 December 2016

The Government has published a response to Dame Ann Dowling's Review of business-university collaborations, reaffirming its long-term commitment to knowledge exchange.

What do students want after graduation? And do they actually do it?

15 December 2016

A survey of the intentions of nearly 140,000 graduates finds few differences between what students from different backgrounds plan to do after graduation, but does find differences in how likely they are to fulfil their ambitions. The introduction of postgraduate loans might help to close the gap.

Teaching staff qualifications in higher education institutions

09 December 2016

HEFCE has published an overview of the teaching qualifications held by academic staff in HEFCE-funded higher education institutions in 2014-15, as collected by the Higher Education Statistics Agency.

Consultation on the second Research Excellence Framework (REF 2021)

08 December 2016

The four UK funding bodies for higher education have published a joint consultation on the arrangements for research assessment in a second Research Excellence Framework.

A new approach to widening participation in higher education

07 December 2016

HEFCE has announced a new programme to increase participation in higher education across England, the National Collaborative Outreach Programme.

HEFCE supports experimental innovation in learning and teaching

01 December 2016

Sixty-seven universities and colleges have been awarded £2.8 million to develop small-scale experimental innovations in learning and teaching.

HEFCE welcomes Prime Minister’s announcement of increased investment in research and development

21 November 2016

The Prime Minister has announced an additional £2 billion government investment per year for research and development by the end of this Parliament as part of the Government’s Industrial Strategy.

Thousands of new degree apprenticeships to be created through new multi-million pound development fund

10 November 2016

New degree apprenticeships are set to open the door to careers in everything from nursing to construction and food manufacturing, thanks to a multi-million pound fund.

Financial health of the higher education sector: An uncertain outlook

10 November 2016

The latest financial forecasts submitted by higher education institutions to HEFCE show an increase in variability and a widening gap in the financial performance of individual institutions.

UK-wide standing committee for quality assessment announced

02 November 2016

The four higher education funding bodies, Universities UK and GuildHE are pleased to announce that Professor Andrew Wathey CBE, Vice-Chancellor of Northumbria University, has been appointed as Chair of the new UK-wide Standing Committee for Quality Assessment.

New learning gain project

02 November 2016

Approximately 27,000 students will be invited to take part in a new longitudinal study, the National Mixed Methodology Learning Gain Project, which involves 10 English universities. The project forms a key element of HEFCE’s wider programme of work on learning gain, which aims to understand how students’ knowledge and skills develop during the course of their degree.

Teaching Excellence Framework Year Two: HEFCE guidance published

31 October 2016

Higher education providers are now invited to apply for Year Two of the Teaching Excellence Framework. HEFCE has released guidance and metrics to support providers, and announced further details of panel members and assessors.

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