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Universities and colleges receive £1.8 million to tackle hate crime and online harassment

16 October 2017

Over 40 universities and colleges in England have been awarded funding totalling £1.8 million from HEFCE to improve responses to hate crime and online harassment on campus.

University knowledge exchange at the heart of the Industrial Strategy

12 October 2017

HEFCE has welcomed the Universities Minister Jo Johnson’s praise for the success of Higher Education Innovation Funding and the important contribution it will make to delivering the Government’s Industrial Strategy across the country.

Analysis shows value of innovative development projects in higher education

12 October 2017

A review of a HEFCE programme which funds development projects in the higher education sector has found significant benefits for students, the economy and society, with funding expected to return up to £12 in value for every pound invested.

Universities grow knowledge exchange activity for the benefit of businesses and communities

12 October 2017

Knowledge exchange activity on the part of UK universities continued to grow in 2015-16. Income from knowledge exchange in England grew by 3 per cent, with income across the UK reaching a record £4.2 billion in total, according to HEFCE’s annual ‘Higher Education – Business and Community Interaction’ report.

Winning university collaborations deliver the Industrial Strategy across the country

12 October 2017

The Universities Minister, Jo Johnson, has announced the allocation of £20 million to the first round winners of HEFCE’s Connecting Capability Fund competition.

Universities and colleges across England to work on 27 new degree apprenticeship development projects

05 October 2017

In the second phase of the Degree Apprenticeship Development Fund managed by HEFCE, 27 projects have been awarded a total of £4.9 million to develop new degree apprenticeships. The projects, and the 63 universities and colleges involved, have now been announced.

Seeking panel members and assessors for the Teaching Excellence Framework

18 September 2017

HEFCE wishes to appoint high-calibre individuals to work as panellists and assessors for the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF).

UKRPIF funding of £220 million available to develop leading-edge research facilities

15 September 2017

Round 6 of the UK Research Partnership Investment Fund will make £220 million available to universities across the UK for the development of leading-edge research facilities that support collaboration and excellent research. Interested universities need to submit an initial notification by 10 November 2017.

Chris Millward appointed as the Director for Fair Access and Participation in the Office for Students

08 September 2017

HEFCE has welcomed the appointment of Chris Millward as the Director for Fair Access and Participation in the Office for Students, the new regulatory body for the higher education sector.

Research Excellence Framework 2021: applications invited for sub-panel chairs

01 September 2017

The UK’s higher education funding bodies are seeking research experts from diverse backgrounds to serve as sub-panel chairs in the second Research Excellence Framework. The application process is open now, and closes at 12 noon on 11 October 2017.

Government announcement on expansion of undergraduate medical education: HEFCE response

09 August 2017

The Government has responded to their consultation on expanding undergraduate medical education.

National Student Survey 2017 results show high levels of student satisfaction and engagement

08 August 2017

HEFCE has published the results of the 2017 National Student Survey. Over 300,000 final-year students took part in the survey, around 68 per cent of those eligible. Of these, 84 per cent were satisfied with the overall quality of their courses.

Significant progress by higher education sector in working to prevent people being drawn into terrorism

31 July 2017

Higher education (HE) providers in England are making good progress in fulfilling their statutory duty under the Government’s Prevent policy to have due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism.

HEFCE to run pilots of Teaching Excellence Framework assessments at subject level

20 July 2017

HEFCE welcomes the Government’s publication of the specification for subject-level pilots of the Teaching Excellence Framework.

Additional £40 million for HEIF in support of the Industrial Strategy

10 July 2017

The Higher Education Innovation Fund (HEIF) is to receive an additional £40 million per annum from 2017-18, to boost universities’ capacity to collaborate with businesses, commercialise their research and help to deliver the Government’s Industrial Strategy.

Nine university and business research projects awarded funding totalling £177 million

10 July 2017

Nine research projects led by UK universities have been awarded funding totalling £177 million by HEFCE, in the latest investments through the UK Research Investment Partnership Fund.

REF Main Panel Chairs announced

10 July 2017

The four Main Panel Chairs for the next Research Excellence Framework have been confirmed.

Nicola Dandridge named as first Chief Executive designate of the Office for Students

05 July 2017

HEFCE has welcomed the appointment of Nicola Dandridge as Chief Executive designate of the Office for Students, the new regulatory body for the higher education sector.

Insights on equality and diversity for the next REF

29 June 2017

Analysis of statements submitted for the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014 has highlighted the prevalence of institution-level initiatives and a strong focus on gender, along with wider evidence that can feed into development of the assessment approach for REF 2021.

Research England is seeking members for its first Council

28 June 2017

UK Research and Innovation wishes to appoint up to ten members for the first Council of Research England.