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HEFCE to manage new Degree Apprenticeship Development Fund

11 April 2016

HEFCE has been asked by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) to manage the Degree Apprenticeship Development Fund.

HEFCE is looking to appoint new members to its Strategic Advisory Committees

06 April 2016

HEFCE wishes to appoint new members to all of its Strategic Advisory Committees.

New national outreach programme for students from disadvantaged backgrounds

23 March 2016

A new four-year outreach programme will help meet the Prime Minister’s challenging goal to double the participation of students from disadvantaged backgrounds entering higher education by 2020.

Financial health of sector

21 March 2016

HEFCE’s latest annual review of university and college finances concludes that the higher education sector in England was in sound overall financial health in the academic year 2014-15. However, it warns of an increased variability in the performance of individual institutions, with the gap between the lowest- and highest-performing on financial measures continuing to grow.

Revised approach to quality assessment in higher education

18 March 2016

HEFCE has today published a revised operating model for quality assessment in higher education in England. It heralds the next phase of the Quality Assessment Review initiated by DELNI, HEFCE and HEFCW in October 2014 as part of each funding body’s statutory responsibility for quality assessment in higher education [Note 1].

Funding of £3.7 billion for higher education in 2016-17

17 March 2016

Following decisions taken at the HEFCE Board meeting on 9 March, HEFCE will invest £3.7 billion in recurrent and capital funding for universities and colleges in the academic year 2016-17.

£1.7 million awarded to 28 projects to develop engineering and computer science conversion courses

11 March 2016

A total of 28 projects, involving 32 universities and colleges, will receive £1.7 million to develop a range of engineering and computer science conversion courses.

HEFCE publishes latest key data for English higher education

09 March 2016

HEFCE has published an update to its annual publication HE in England, on the English higher education (HE) sector.

Funding for higher education in England for 2016-17: HEFCE grant letter from BIS

04 March 2016

The Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills and the Minister for Universities and Science have today confirmed funding allocations to the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) for financial year 2016-17.

Social innovation learning pilot projects funded by HEFCE

03 March 2016

HEFCE will fund six social innovation learning pilot projects totalling £98,000, following a social innovation ‘sandpit’ event.

New Head of Regulation and Assurance for HEFCE

15 February 2016

Susan Lapworth has been appointed as Director, Regulation and Assurance. She takes over this role following Heather Fry’s retirement from HEFCE.

Colleges continue to improve retention while recruiting strongly from disadvantaged backgrounds

10 February 2016

A report on higher education performance indicators highlights that further education colleges (FECs) continue to achieve higher proportions of entrants from backgrounds where people have traditionally not participated in higher education (known as low-participation neighbourhoods), when compared with higher education institutions (HEIs).

Understanding professional doctorates

06 January 2016

A review of professional doctorates, ‘Provision of professional doctorates in English HE institutions’ was commissioned by HEFCE and carried out by the Careers Research & Advisory Centre Ltd and the University of Brighton.

HEFCE response to the Government’s review to improve university research funding

16 December 2015

As announced in the Spending Review, the Government is taking forward a review of the Research Excellence Framework to ensure future university research funding is allocated more efficiently, offers greater rewards for excellent research and reduces the administrative burden on institutions.

Proposals for UK Research Partnership Investment Fund round 5

16 December 2015

A further £200 million is being allocated across the UK to develop research facilities to encourage collaboration and support excellent research.

The new Prevent duty: Monitoring framework for higher education providers

30 November 2015

HEFCE has published a framework setting out how it will monitor compliance with the new Prevent duty in the higher education sector in England. Higher education providers will need to submit a self-assessment of their levels of preparedness in January, followed by more detailed information later the year.

Introduction of loans for masters students from 2016-17

26 November 2015

The Government’s Autumn Statement confirms the availability of £10,000 loans for students under 60 wanting to take masters degrees from 2016-17. HEFCE welcomes the introduction of the loans and looks forward to working with the Government to review how they affect participation at masters level.

Proposals to reform quality assessment broadly supported

20 November 2015

The three higher education funding bodies in England, Wales and Northern Ireland have published an analysis of responses to their consultation on future approaches to quality assessment.

HEFCE response to Nurse review

19 November 2015

Sir Paul Nurse’s review is an important statement of the principles underpinning public support for research.