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Nominees invited for the Board of the Higher Education Academy

20 August 2015

We are seeking a nominee from the higher education sector to represent the four UK higher education funding bodies on the Board of Directors of the Higher Education Academy.

Response to Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) report on graduate employment

19 August 2015

Evidence from the most recent Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey suggests that, far from being under-employed, the majority of graduates are in jobs that use their skills.

An analysis of staff selection for REF 2014

14 August 2015

HEFCE has published a study investigating the impact of disability, age, sex, ethnicity, nationality and early career researcher status on the selection of staff for inclusion in the REF 2014.

Student satisfaction remains high at UK universities and colleges

12 August 2015

The satisfaction rate for students studying at UK higher education institutions (HEIs) and further education colleges (FECs) remains high with 86 per cent saying they are satisfied overall with their course in this year's National Student Survey (NSS). A further 7 per cent were neither satisfied nor dissatisfied with their higher education experience; and only 7 per cent were dissatisfied (5 per cent) or strongly dissatisfied (2 per cent).

Helpful steps to postgraduate taught courses

05 August 2015

‘Steps to Postgraduate Study’ is a new website providing information for students who are making decisions about postgraduate taught (PGT) study.

First insights into UK interdisciplinary research

30 July 2015

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.

Improving policing through HE research: Successful bidders for fund announced

30 July 2015

The College of Policing has today announced 14 successful bids for the Police Knowledge Fund.

Opportunity to join a HEFCE strategic advisory committee

29 July 2015

We are looking to appoint a member to the Teaching Excellence & Student Opportunity (TESO) Strategic Advisory Committee.

HEFCE announces drive to ensure students from diverse backgrounds succeed in higher education

23 July 2015

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.

Reductions to HEFCE teaching grant for 2014-15 and 2015-16 academic years

22 July 2015

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]

£1.6 million HEFCE Catalyst funding for higher apprenticeships in partnership with business

16 July 2015

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.

UK universities power nationwide growth

16 July 2015

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.

Fixing the foundations: HEFCE response to Government’s productivity plan

13 July 2015

Professor Madeleine Atkins, Chief Executive of HEFCE, responds to the Government’s productivity plan.

Understanding the costs of the REF

13 July 2015

An independent report provides a comprehensive insight into the varied costs and benefits arising from participation in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF).

Metrics cannot replace peer review in the next REF

08 July 2015

The findings of the Independent Review of the Role of Metrics in Research Assessment and Management have been published.

Call for evidence to support review of computer science

07 July 2015

HEFCE is supporting an independent review into computer science degree provision and graduate employability led by Sir Nigel Shadbolt.

HEFCE funding vital to university-business collaborations

02 July 2015

HEFCE welcomes the Dowling Review report of Business-University Research Collaborations published today.

HEFCE welcomes speech by the Universities Minister, Jo Johnson

01 July 2015

On 1 July the Universities Minister addressed an audience at Universities UK on 'Teaching at the heart of the system'.

New approach to ensure high-quality learning and teaching in universities and colleges

29 June 2015

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.

Report reveals continuing investment of HEFCE Student Opportunity (SO) allocation in activity to widen access and improve student success

25 June 2015

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.