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Latest news and events from HEFCE are listed by year in date order.

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UK the best place in the world to undertake research: HEFCE response to the Government’s Science and Innovation Strategy

17 December 2014

The UK research system is world class, delivering significant impact and substantial benefits for our economy and society.

REF2014 shows UK university research leads the world

17 December 2014

The results of the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF), announced today, demonstrate the world-leading quality of research conducted in UK universities. For the first time in an exercise of this kind, the REF also highlights the wide-ranging and significant benefits that UK research brings to the economy and society.

Graduates say finance is a key barrier to postgraduate education

16 December 2014

New HEFCE research based on the Intentions After Graduation Survey (IAGS) 2013 shows that over half of graduates who plan to go onto postgraduate study end up not doing so because of finance issues.

Sustainable development in higher education

16 December 2014

A new framework reviews HEFCE’s role to date and sets out the actions it will take to support the sector.

Higher education and local growth: launch of local profiles data

10 December 2014

HEFCE has published a new interactive data toolkit based on local higher education profiles.

Quality-related research funding is irreplaceable, say universities

09 December 2014

HEFCE has published a review of the use and impact of its quality-related research (QR) funding, which demonstrates the irreplaceable value universities place on this income stream.

HEFCE invests £200 million to support an increase in high-quality science, technology, engineering and mathematics students

08 December 2014

The Government has confirmed the 73 universities and colleges that will receive a share of £200 million funding for science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) teaching capital projects during 2015-16.

Ten thousand bursaries for ten thousand students in 2015

04 December 2014

The Government’s Autumn Statement addresses the gap in taught postgraduate finance through a three-stage plan [Note 1].

Select committee endorses importance of HEFCE knowledge exchange funding

01 December 2014

We welcome the Business, Innovation and Skills Committee's endorsement of the importance of HEFCE’s support for higher education knowledge exchange through Higher Education Innovation Funding (HEIF).

HEFCE report highlights the growing transnational nature of English higher education

27 November 2014

New research by HEFCE looks for the first time at how students on UK higher education programmes delivered overseas move on to first degree courses delivered in England.

Multi-million pound fund to boost UK university spin-outs and research

26 November 2014

Research from universities across the South of England could be commercialised and turned into successful businesses faster than ever before, thanks to a multi-million pound project announced today (November 26) by Minister for Universities and Science, Greg Clark MP.

Universities and colleges step up support for social entrepreneurs

21 November 2014

Higher education institutions (HEIs) are working together to build a national ‘ecosystem’ of support for social entrepreneurs through a series of new partnerships announced by HEFCE and UnLtd, the Foundation for Social Entrepreneurs.

The Student Engagement Partnership

10 November 2014

HEFCE is providing funding for the Student Engagement Partnership (TSEP) to support, develop and promote student engagement activity in the higher education sector in England.

The importance of people and partnership in university-business links

05 November 2014

HEFCE welcomes the statement of the UK’s expert knowledge exchange practitioner bodies on universities’ principles and practices in managing their intellectual assets (Note 1).

Responses to independent review of metrics

04 November 2014

A summary of responses to a call for evidence on the use of metrics in research assessment has been published by HEFCE.

Quality Assessment Review Steering Group announced

27 October 2014

A Quality Assessment Review Steering Group has been established, consisting of representatives from the higher education sector including the National Union of Students [Note 1].

UK review of National Student Survey – the next phase

24 October 2014

The review of the National Student Survey is entering a phase of testing and development.

Future financial challenges facing the higher education sector

24 October 2014

A review of the financial health of higher education institutions published by HEFCE concludes that the higher education sector in England faces significant financial challenges over the next three years.

£110 million for research into personalised cancer treatments

23 October 2014

A new university and business partnership is receiving £35 million of public investment in research to drive innovation and growth.

The role of universities in city and local growth

22 October 2014

HEFCE welcomes the final report of the City Growth Commission (Note 1), including its specific analysis of the role of universities (Note 2).

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