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Funding for higher education in England for 2015-16: HEFCE grant letter from BIS

30 January 2015

The Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) and the Minister for Universities and Science have today confirmed funding allocations to the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) for financial year 2015-16.

HEFCE to support closer working between higher education and police

28 January 2015

HEFCE is contributing to a new initiative to support more effective responses to cutting crime.

2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) reports published

27 January 2015

A number of documents have been published on the REF web-site.

Major HEFCE study of monographs and open access sheds light on complex issues

21 January 2015

The Monographs and Open Access Project considers the place of monographs in the arts, humanities and social science disciplines, and how they fit into the developing world of open access to research. It concludes that open access for monographs has a great deal to contribute to scholarly communication, but that the challenges of introducing it will be real and policy should take account of the various issues identified in the report.

Submissions to the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) published

19 January 2015

The 1,911 submissions made by 154 UK universities to the 2014 REF have been published on the REF website. The submissions included 52,061 academic staff, 191,150 research outputs (such as journal articles, authored books and book chapters); and 6,975 case studies of the impact of research.

New service to support open access in the post-2014 REF

19 January 2015

HEFCE has agreed to fund the development of a new shared service to support compliance with the policy for open access in the next Research Excellence Framework (REF). At its core, this new service will enable authors and universities to check whether a given publication is compliant with the open access policy (Note 1).

Bloomsbury Research Institute awarded £7.5 million by HEFCE Catalyst Fund

15 January 2015

The London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and UCL have been awarded a grant of £7.5 million from the HEFCE's Catalyst Fund to develop the Bloomsbury Research Institute, a partnership dedicated to addressing the global challenge of infectious disease.

The future of quality assessment in higher education

15 January 2015

HEFCE and the higher education funding bodies in Wales and Northern Ireland are seeking views on future approaches to quality assessment (Note 1).

How university income is spent: information for students

14 January 2015

HEFCE has identified good practice case studies of institutions presenting their financial information in a way that is accessible to students.

Survey shows good progress on EU funding for local growth

12 January 2015

Universities UK has published a survey, a joint initiative with HEFCE and the Department for Communities and Local Government, providing an initial assessment of how universities are preparing for the European Structural and Investment Funds programme 2014 – 2020 (ESIF).

National networks to help more young people access higher education

07 January 2015

A new £22 million scheme involving over 200 higher education institutions and reaching 4,300 secondary schools and colleges aims to encourage more young people into higher education.

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].

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