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HEFCE response to written ministerial statement on changes to Disabled Students' Allowance

12 September 2014

HEFCE is committed to working with universities, colleges and others to ensure as far as possible that disabled students are properly supported to succeed in their studies and in future employment.

£60 million of public and private investment for new leading-edge graphene research facility

10 September 2014

Funding announced today by the Chancellor will support the construction of a Graphene Engineering Innovation Centre (GEIC) at the University of Manchester. The GEIC will play a key role in exploiting and maintaining the UK’s world-leading position in graphene and related 2-D materials.

Significant increase in students entering postgraduate research with prior PG qualifications

09 September 2014

New HEFCE analysis shows that the proportion of students entering postgraduate (PG) research degrees with a prior PG qualification has increased from 33 per cent to 59 per cent over the last 12 years [Note 1].

Register of higher education providers launched

05 September 2014

HEFCE has today published its first register of higher education providers. An authoritative reference point for a wide range of users, the register describes the powers that providers regulated in England have, and the controls that apply to them.

HEFCE funding for Jisc national data centre

04 September 2014

A new data centre, funded with £900,000 from HEFCE, will open up high-performance computing at a reasonable price to a consortium of universities and research institutes under a five-year agreement.

UK Research Partnership Investment Fund round 4

02 September 2014

A further £100 million is being allocated across the UK to develop research facilities to encourage collaboration and support excellent research.

BIS is seeking to appoint two new members to the HEFCE Board

28 August 2014

The Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) wishes to appoint two new members to the HEFCE Board.

HEFCE welcomes streamlined TRAC Guidance

21 August 2014

HEFCE welcomes the new streamlined guidance for the Transparent Approach to Costing (TRAC) published by the TRAC Development Group (TDG). This will apply for reporting from the academic year 2014-15 onwards.

National Student Survey results hit 10-year high

12 August 2014

The satisfaction rate for students studying at UK universities and colleges has hit a 10-year high, with 86 per cent saying they are satisfied overall with their course, in this year's National Student Survey (NSS).

Data published on staff employed in the higher education sector

06 August 2014

HEFCE has published interactive data on the trends in employment of staff in the higher education sector for the ten years, 2003-04 to 2012-13. 2012-13 is the first year in which detailed information on job types is available.

Response to report on HEFCE’s role in learning and teaching enhancement

31 July 2014

This report, which was commissioned by the HEA at HEFCE’s request, reflects our commitment to independent review and evaluation of our work.

More students are staying on after their first year at university

31 July 2014

The percentage of full-time students remaining in higher education after their first year is at an all-time high according to HEFCE figures published today.

Data published on demand and supply in higher education subject areas

30 July 2014

HEFCE has published a large amount of interactive data on the current and future supply of graduates and postgraduates in all subjects.

Investing for future success of students: HEFCE response to OFFA report

23 July 2014

The Office for Fair Access (OFFA) published a report on 2015-16 access agreements today.

Report reveals positive impact of HEFCE funding on student success

17 July 2014

A report published today by HEFCE and OFFA [Note 1] shows that in 2012-13 universities and colleges in England significantly increased their investment in measures to widen access and improve success among students from low income and other under-represented groups.

£183 million for new leading-edge research facilities

09 July 2014

Three new university and business partnerships are receiving a total of £50 million of public investment in research projects to drive innovation and growth.

Major HEFCE study shows UK university students have become more satisfied over time

03 July 2014

The first large-scale analysis of the National Student Survey (NSS) looks at trends in the responses of more than 2 million final-year students over nine years [Note 1]. Overall student satisfaction has increased, but there is considerable variation between subjects of study, and between different student characteristics such as ethnicity.

Birkbeck awarded £1.47 million to pioneer ways to combine work and study

26 June 2014

Birkbeck, University of London, has received £1.47 million from the HEFCE Catalyst Fund to explore innovative approaches and opportunities for combining work and study.

Successful investment in carbon reduction with more to come

18 June 2014

Following an evaluation of the first three rounds of the HEFCE Revolving Green Fund, which confirmed the effectiveness of the scheme, a further £34 million will be invested.

Senior HEFCE executive receives honour

16 June 2014

HEFCE’s Deputy Chief Executive, Steve Egan, has been awarded a CBE in the 2014 Queen’s Birthday Honours list.

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