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REF sub-panel chairs announced

06 December 2017

The 34 sub-panel chairs for the next Research Excellence Framework have been confirmed.

University of Bath: retirement terms of Vice-Chancellor

06 December 2017

The Higher Education Funding Council (HEFCE) has received a letter asking us to look into governance issues concerning the University of Bath’s decision on the retirement terms of its Vice-Chancellor, Professor Dame Glynis Breakwell.

Work to develop knowledge exchange comparison framework gets under way

01 December 2017

HEFCE has set up a technical advisory group to begin the development of Knowledge Exchange Framework metrics, and is calling for evidence to inform the work of the group.

Wellbeing stronger in higher education graduates

29 November 2017

HEFCE has published a report that shows graduates in the UK have a greater sense of personal wellbeing and life satisfaction than those without a higher education qualification.

Funding bodies confirm shape of REF 2021

21 November 2017

Decisions on the Research Excellence Framework provide clarity to the sector on implementation of Lord Stern’s review, following extensive consultation.

New web tool launched to promote university-business collaboration

14 November 2017

A new online platform to promote and enable university-business collaboration, konfer, has been officially launched by Professor Sir Mark Walport, Chief Executive Designate of UK Research and Innovation. Including well over a million pieces of data including research, researchers, facilities, equipment, funding and support, the online tool has been designed to help businesses find opportunities for collaboration.

Financial health of the higher education sector: managing financial pressures and uncertainty

26 October 2017

HEFCE has published its latest report into the financial health of the higher education sector, based on forecast information from higher education institutions.

Universities and colleges receive £1.8 million to tackle hate crime and online harassment

16 October 2017

Over 40 universities and colleges in England have been awarded funding totalling £1.8 million from HEFCE to improve responses to hate crime and online harassment on campus.

University knowledge exchange at the heart of the Industrial Strategy

12 October 2017

HEFCE has welcomed the Universities Minister Jo Johnson’s praise for the success of Higher Education Innovation Funding and the important contribution it will make to delivering the Government’s Industrial Strategy across the country.

Analysis shows value of innovative development projects in higher education

12 October 2017

A review of a HEFCE programme which funds development projects in the higher education sector has found significant benefits for students, the economy and society, with funding expected to return up to £12 in value for every pound invested.

Universities grow knowledge exchange activity for the benefit of businesses and communities

12 October 2017

Knowledge exchange activity on the part of UK universities continued to grow in 2015-16. Income from knowledge exchange in England grew by 3 per cent, with income across the UK reaching a record £4.2 billion in total, according to HEFCE’s annual ‘Higher Education – Business and Community Interaction’ report.

Winning university collaborations deliver the Industrial Strategy across the country

12 October 2017

The Universities Minister, Jo Johnson, has announced the allocation of £20 million to the first round winners of HEFCE’s Connecting Capability Fund competition.

Universities and colleges across England to work on 27 new degree apprenticeship development projects

05 October 2017

In the second phase of the Degree Apprenticeship Development Fund managed by HEFCE, 27 projects have been awarded a total of £4.9 million to develop new degree apprenticeships. The projects, and the 63 universities and colleges involved, have now been announced.

Seeking panel members and assessors for the Teaching Excellence Framework

18 September 2017

HEFCE wishes to appoint high-calibre individuals to work as panellists and assessors for the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF).

UKRPIF funding of £220 million available to develop leading-edge research facilities

15 September 2017

Round 6 of the UK Research Partnership Investment Fund will make £220 million available to universities across the UK for the development of leading-edge research facilities that support collaboration and excellent research. Interested universities need to submit an initial notification by 10 November 2017.

Chris Millward appointed as the Director for Fair Access and Participation in the Office for Students

08 September 2017

HEFCE has welcomed the appointment of Chris Millward as the Director for Fair Access and Participation in the Office for Students, the new regulatory body for the higher education sector.

Research Excellence Framework 2021: applications invited for sub-panel chairs

01 September 2017

The UK’s higher education funding bodies are seeking research experts from diverse backgrounds to serve as sub-panel chairs in the second Research Excellence Framework. The application process is open now, and closes at 12 noon on 11 October 2017.

Government announcement on expansion of undergraduate medical education: HEFCE response

09 August 2017

The Government has responded to their consultation on expanding undergraduate medical education.

National Student Survey 2017 results show high levels of student satisfaction and engagement

08 August 2017

HEFCE has published the results of the 2017 National Student Survey. Over 300,000 final-year students took part in the survey, around 68 per cent of those eligible. Of these, 84 per cent were satisfied with the overall quality of their courses.

Significant progress by higher education sector in working to prevent people being drawn into terrorism

31 July 2017

Higher education (HE) providers in England are making good progress in fulfilling their statutory duty under the Government’s Prevent policy to have due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism.