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

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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).

Encouraging greater diversity in governing bodies

21 October 2014

HEFCE’s January 2013 grant letter from the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills highlighted the lack of diversity among institutional governing bodies, and the relatively low proportions of women, people from a black or minority ethnic group and disabled people in senior management positions in the higher education sector. It asked HEFCE to continue working with the sector and Equality Challenge Unit to address these longstanding issues.

Evaluating impact assessment in the REF

20 October 2014

An evaluation of the assessment process for impact in the Research Excellence Framework (REF) is now under way.

Pharmacy consultation outcomes published

15 October 2014

HEFCE and Health Education England (HEE) have published the responses to a consultation on the supply of pharmacy graduates in England.

Views on an international REF invited

14 October 2014

HEFCE has published a survey inviting views on an internationalised system of research assessment.

Quality assessment in UK higher education

07 October 2014

The higher education (HE) funding bodies in England, Wales and Northern Ireland [Note 1] are to seek views on future approaches to the assessment of quality in higher education [Note 2]. Based on the feedback we receive, we will then invite tenders under a joint procurement exercise. This will ensure transparency and demonstrate value for money.

What difference does having a university in your area make?

01 October 2014

HEFCE has published new data exploring the link between economic growth and higher education provision. The interactive data toolkit identifies ‘cold spots’ in higher education provision and participation across England.

Annual procurement survey results

30 September 2014

HEFCE has received the results of the most recent Efficiency Measurement Model survey, through which universities report on the efficiencies achieved through improved procurement methods.

Funding for ‘anchor institutions’, technical skills and small and specialist institutions

26 September 2014

HEFCE is announcing three dedicated calls for bids to the Catalyst Fund, in line with its own and government priorities. The Catalyst Fund enables HEFCE to deliver its strategic aims for higher education in research, teaching and knowledge exchange. These calls for expressions of interest cover three specific areas.

REF impact case studies to be analysed

22 September 2014

A new project will analyse the wider impact of the research undertaken by UK universities.

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