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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.

Changing the learning landscape

27 March 2015

Students, practitioners and university leaders from across 145 UK universities and colleges have taken part in a ground-breaking HEFCE-funded programme, led by the Leadership Foundation, to advance technology-enhanced student learning.

Two new board members for HEFCE

27 March 2015

The Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) today welcomed Sir Keith Burnett and Professor Mary Stuart to the HEFCE board. Mark Robson was re-appointed for a further three years. All three appointments were approved by the Universities, Science and Cities Minister Greg Clark.

Future financial challenges for higher education

27 March 2015

A review of university and college finances published by HEFCE concludes that the higher education sector in England was in sound overall financial health in 2013-14.

New Centre for Global Higher Education announced

26 March 2015

HEFCE is co-funding with the Economic and Social Research Council the first research centre in this country dedicated to the investigation of higher education and its future.

HEFCE allocates £3.97 billion to universities and colleges in England for 2015-16

25 March 2015

The Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) will allocate £3.97 billion to 130 universities and higher education colleges and 214 further education and sixth form colleges for the academic year 2015-16.

£100 million awarded to seven new leading edge research projects in the UK

25 March 2015

Following the fourth round of the UK Research Partnership Investment Fund (UKRPIF), seven outstanding university research projects will receive over £100 million of investment in 2016-17 to drive innovation and economic growth.

Minister announces HEFCE funding for N8 Partnership programme

25 March 2015

The Minister for Universities, Science and Cities, Greg Clark, has today announced that HEFCE has awarded the N8 Research Partnership a grant of £7,999,254 through its Catalyst Fund (Note 1) to develop the Agri-Food Resilience Programme.

University research has wide and varied benefits

25 March 2015

A new analysis of impact case studies from the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) shows that research carried out by the UK’s universities has wide and varied benefits to the economy, society, culture, policy, health, the environment and quality of life, within the UK and overseas.

£400 million for next round of research capital investment

18 March 2015

HEFCE welcomes the Government’s announcement in the Budget of an additional £400 million for the UK Research Partnership Investment Fund (UKRPIF).

FSSG report: The sustainability of learning and teaching in higher education in England

12 March 2015

The Financial Sustainability Strategy Group (FSSG) has updated its 2008 assessment of the sustainability of learning and teaching in higher education in England.

Research to assess the nature and annual value of student start-ups

11 March 2015

A new report summarises exploratory research considering ways to provide evidence on the value of student enterprise, including student start-ups and the contribution of students to spin-outs, from English HEIs.

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