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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.

National consortium to improve research visibility and collaboration

23 June 2015

ORCID, a way of identifying researchers which enables a range of improvements to scholarly communications, is being offered to UK higher education institutions through a new national consortium.

HEFCE welcomes new Chair of Financial Sustainability Strategy Group

19 June 2015

HEFCE welcomes Vice-Chancellor, Professor Mark E Smith as the new Chair of the Financial Sustainability Strategy Group (FSSG).

New school and college linking tool

12 June 2015

A new linking tool enables schools and colleges to identify their National Network for Collaborative Outreach (NNCO).

Transnational students are changing the pattern of international student recruitment in higher education in England

09 June 2015

A report published by HEFCE shows that students starting their first degrees through transnational pathways (a total of 17,140 in 2013-14) have higher progression rates into postgraduate study than other international students.

Universities and SMEs working together for places and people

28 May 2015

New interactive maps released by HEFCE describe the size, industry sector distribution and characteristics of small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) across England.