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REF Equality and Diversity Advisory Panel announced

23 May 2017

The Research Excellence Framework team, on behalf of the four UK higher education funding bodies, is pleased to confirm the membership of the REF Equality and Diversity Advisory Panel.

David Sweeney to become Executive Chair Designate of Research England

21 April 2017

David Sweeney, HEFCE’s Director of Research, Education and Knowledge Exchange, has been appointed Executive Chair Designate of Research England.

Collaborating to commercialise: Funding for universities to deliver the Industrial Strategy

19 April 2017

HEFCE is launching the Connecting Capability Fund, with guidance on the allocation of £100 million to support university collaborations in research commercialisation.

Invitations now open for the phase 2 of the Degree Apprenticeship Development Fund

12 April 2017

Proposals for the second phase of the Degree Apprenticeships Development Fund should be submitted by noon on Tuesday 6 June 2017.

Funding confirmed for the second phase of the Degree Apprenticeship Development Fund

10 April 2017

HEFCE has received confirmation of funding from the Department for Education for the second phase of the Degree Apprenticeship Development Fund.

Interdisciplinary Research Advisory Panel announced

10 April 2017

Professor Dame Athene Donald will chair the Research Excellence Framework Interdisciplinary Research Advisory Panel.

Research Excellence Framework 2021: applications invited for Main Panel Chairs

03 April 2017

Four exceptional people are needed to serve as Main Panel Chairs (Designate) in the second Research Excellence Framework (REF).

Quality settlement between Ofsted and HEFCE for apprenticeships

03 April 2017

The launch of the Institute for Apprenticeships includes confirmation of a quality settlement between Ofsted and HEFCE that agrees responsibility for the quality assessment of apprenticeships delivered by higher education (HE) providers between Levels 4 and 7.

Promoting student electoral registration

31 March 2017

Jo Johnson MP, Minister of State for Universities, Science, Research and Innovation, has invited HEFCE to support measures to promote student electoral registration.

Financial health of the higher education sector: a variable picture

23 March 2017

The report ‘Financial health of the higher education sector: 2015-16’ shows a financially sound position overall. However, there is significant and increasing variation in the financial performances of individual institutions, with the main financial strength remaining in a small number of them.

Department of Health consultation on expansion of undergraduate medical education

14 March 2017

The Department of Health (DH) has today launched a consultation on how to maximise the benefits to the taxpayer and the NHS arising from increases in the numbers of medical school places to take place from academic year 2018-19 (Note 1).

Universities and colleges receive £2.45 million to tackle sexual harassment

13 March 2017

HEFCE has awarded grants to over 60 projects in universities and colleges across the country which address concerns about sexual violence and harassment on campus.

Science and Technology Select Committee endorses HEFCE's support for university research commercialisation

13 March 2017

The House of Commons Science and Technology Committee has today published a report following its inquiry into the role of universities in commercialising their research (Note 1).

£7.5 million to tackle barriers to student success

09 March 2017

Seventeen projects, involving 64 higher education providers, will receive up to £500,000 each from HEFCE’s Catalyst Fund over two years to address differences in student outcomes.

Interdisciplinary policy and practice: Conference report published

08 March 2017

A report has been published about a conference on policy and practice for interdisciplinary research across the UK.

Prof Dianne Berry to chair REF equality panel

08 March 2017

We are delighted to announce that Professor Dianne Berry, OBE, will chair the Research Excellence Framework Equality and Diversity Advisory Panel.

Improving student information: Unistats 2017 and Guide to good practice

06 March 2017

HEFCE has published a guide for higher education providers on the information they should publish to help prospective students make decisions about what and where to study.

Six new members appointed to HEFCE Board

06 March 2017

HEFCE today welcomed the appointment of six new Board members: Martin Coleman, Gurpreet Dehal, Katherine Lander, Professor Carl Lygo, David Palfreyman and Professor Steven West.

Postgraduate and undergraduate student numbers at record highs

02 March 2017

The number of students studying postgraduate courses in England has increased substantially in 2016-17, following the introduction of postgraduate masters loans.

Funding for higher education in England for 2017-18: HEFCE grant letter from the Department for Education

23 February 2017

The Minister of State for Universities, Science, Research and Innovation has confirmed funding allocations to HEFCE for the financial year 2017-18.

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