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A new approach to widening participation in higher education

07 December 2016

HEFCE has announced a new programme to increase participation in higher education across England, the National Collaborative Outreach Programme.

HEFCE supports experimental innovation in learning and teaching

01 December 2016

Sixty-seven universities and colleges have been awarded £2.8 million to develop small-scale experimental innovations in learning and teaching.

HEFCE welcomes Prime Minister’s announcement of increased investment in research and development

21 November 2016

The Prime Minister has announced an additional £2 billion government investment per year for research and development by the end of this Parliament as part of the Government’s Industrial Strategy.

Thousands of new degree apprenticeships to be created through new multi-million pound development fund

10 November 2016

New degree apprenticeships are set to open the door to careers in everything from nursing to construction and food manufacturing, thanks to a multi-million pound fund.

Financial health of the higher education sector: An uncertain outlook

10 November 2016

The latest financial forecasts submitted by higher education institutions to HEFCE show an increase in variability and a widening gap in the financial performance of individual institutions.

UK-wide standing committee for quality assessment announced

02 November 2016

The four higher education funding bodies, Universities UK and GuildHE are pleased to announce that Professor Andrew Wathey CBE, Vice-Chancellor of Northumbria University, has been appointed as Chair of the new UK-wide Standing Committee for Quality Assessment.

New learning gain project

02 November 2016

Approximately 27,000 students will be invited to take part in a new longitudinal study, the National Mixed Methodology Learning Gain Project, which involves 10 English universities. The project forms a key element of HEFCE’s wider programme of work on learning gain, which aims to understand how students’ knowledge and skills develop during the course of their degree.

Teaching Excellence Framework Year Two: HEFCE guidance published

31 October 2016

Higher education providers are now invited to apply for Year Two of the Teaching Excellence Framework. HEFCE has released guidance and metrics to support providers, and announced further details of panel members and assessors.

The framework: supporting world-class knowledge exchange

28 October 2016

HEFCE announces today a comprehensive package of support to keep English university knowledge exchange (KE) operating at world class standard [Note 1]. The package forms the next steps in delivery of the knowledge exchange performance framework, outlined in the higher education White Paper [Note 2].

Operating model for quality assessment: Annual Provider Review

24 October 2016

HEFCE is today publishing guidance on arrangements for Annual Provider Review (APR) in 2016-17 (Note 1). The APR is a key element of the revised operating model for quality assessment, which is designed to be proportionate, risk-based and grounded in the context of an individual university or college.

How satisfied are graduates with their degree choices?

20 October 2016

Most graduates are happy with the choices they made when they went to university, according to a report published by HEFCE. In general though, students from ethnic minority groups are less satisfied.

HEFCE to develop the next REF

13 October 2016

Following the publication of Lord Stern’s Independent Review of the Research Excellence Framework and confirmation from the Minister for Universities, Science, Research and Innovation, Jo Johnson, HEFCE will work with the other UK higher education funding bodies to develop the next Research Excellence Framework (REF).

Additional £120 million for collaboration and technology transfer

04 October 2016

HEFCE welcomes the Chancellor’s announcement on 1 October of new funding of £120 million to promote university collaboration to engage business effectively with the most promising technologies, and to incentivise university-business collaboration further.

New National Student Survey to strengthen student engagement and increase student voice

28 September 2016

The UK higher education funding bodies have launched a new National Student Survey (NSS) for 2017.

Understanding the interdisciplinary research environment

28 September 2016

HEFCE and Research Councils UK have published a review of the interdisciplinary research landscape in the UK, supported by a report examining 10 institutional case studies in English universities.

New Forum for Responsible Research Metrics launched

15 September 2016

A group of research funders, sector bodies and infrastructure experts are working in partnership to promote the responsible use of research metrics.

Panel members announced for Year Two Teaching Excellence Framework

15 September 2016

HEFCE has appointed members to the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) panel including academics, students, employers and widening participation experts.

International competitiveness of UK university technology transfer practice

31 August 2016

A report from a group of university experts (Note 1) has presented evidence confirming the international competitiveness of UK university technology transfer practice.

Inequality persists for graduate employees

24 August 2016

Evidence shows that three-and-a-half years after leaving university 97 per cent of graduates were in employment or further study, but differences persist across demographic groups.

UK Universities focus on delivery and spur economic growth

17 August 2016

This year’s survey of interaction between UK universities and business shows that the total value of knowledge exchange interaction between UK universities and their partners across the economy has risen by over 6 per cent to £4.2 billion in 2014-15 (from £3.9 billion in 2013-14).

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