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Developing university links with their local economies following the Witty Review

Tuesday 10 December 2013, central London

Alice Frost, Head of Business and Community, HEFCE, will be one of the keynote speakers at this Westminster Higher Education Forum event. 

Research and open access: improving impact and availability

Wednesday 4 December 2013, central London

David Sweeney, Director for Research, Innovation and Skills, HEFCE will be speaking at this Westminster Briefing event.

Enhancing the student experience: improving teaching, services and support

Wednesday 27 November 2013, central London

Heather Fry, Director of Education, Participation and Students at HEFCE will be speaking at this westminster briefing event. 

Understanding metrics for institutional sustainability

Leadership Foundation and FSSG Conference on 21 November, Central London

The institutional sustainability agenda, developed by the Financial and Sustainability Strategy Group (FSSG), will play a role in the Government’s new regulatory framework for higher education. The sector will probably implement it as an example of ‘voluntary self-regulation’ that will be put into practice in the Committee of University Chairs (CUC) Code of Governance.  

Consultation on revision to the financial memorandum from 2014-15

Two events in Manchester on 1 November 2013 and London on 18 November 2013

These two events are part of the consultation on revisions to HEFCE’s financial memorandum with institutions.  The consultation will run until 6 December 2013.  The new financial memorandum will then take effect from 1 August 2014.

UK universities and research competitiveness: the future for UK research policy and funding

Thursday 14 November 2013, The Royal Society, London

David Sweeney, HEFCE Director of Research, Innovation & Skills, will be speaking at this HEPI event.

HEFCE Annual Meeting 2013

Friday 8 November, 0930-1300 followed by lunch

Our half-day Annual Meeting was held at the Park Crescent Conference Centre in Great Portland Street, London. The meeting offers an opportunity to learn more about current developments, HEFCE’s role and the challenges facing higher education. 

Implementing the national access strategy: charting the future direction of widening access

Thursday 7 November, central London

Sarah Howls, Head of Student Opportunity, HEFCE, will address this Westminster Briefing conference.

Improving graduate employability

Thursday, 7 November 2013, Central London

Chris Millward, Associate Director, HEFCE, will be speaking at this seminar.

Student number controls: adapting to an increasingly flexible, diverse and competitive sector

Thursday, 24 October, central London

Jess Trahar, Senior Higher Education Policy Advisor, HEFCE, will speak at this westminster briefing event.

HEFCE workshop for new-entrant publicly-funded providers of higher education 2014-15

17 October 2013, the Future Inn, Bristol

We will be directly funding new publicly-funded providers of higher education from 2014-15. We invited applications from providers to join the HEFCE-funded sector from 2014-15 as the Government has changed regulations on access to student support. From 2014-15, only publicly-funded providers that are in a funding relationship with HEFCE will continue to be automatically designated for student support.

The social impact of research

Thursday, 10th October 2013, Central London

Social and cultural impacts have now been added, alongside economic criteria, as major factors in allocating research grants for UK higher education institutions (HEIs) under the Research Excellence Framework (REF), the new system for assessing the quality of HEI research due for completion next year. This Westminster Higher Education Forum seminar focuses on the challenges, opportunities and implications resulting from their inclusion.

TRAC Development Group practitioners conference

7 October 2013, Central London

The TRAC Development group (TDG) conference for TRAC practitioners took place on the 7 October at Plaisterers Hall, London

Open access consultation events for higher education institutions

Events in London, Birmingham, Manchester and Edinburgh on the proposals set out in the consultation on open access in the post-2014 Research Excellence Framework.

In July 2013 HEFCE, on behalf of all four UK higher education funding bodies, issued a consultation on open access in the next Research Excellence Framework (REF). These events outlined the proposals and provided an opportunity for institutions to raise any issues for clarification and discussion. 

Shared services in higher education

Wednesday 18 September, Central London

Steve Butcher, Head of Procurement and Shared Services, HEFCE, will be speaking at this westminster briefing event.

Workshop on applying for specific-course designation for alternative providers

4 September 2013, The Royal Society, 6-9 Carlton House Terrace, London, SW1Y 5AG

The Government has introduced a new system to designate specific courses at alternative providers. Designation of a course allows eligible English-domiciled students on that course to access loans and grants from the Student Loans Company (SLC).

UNLTD HE support programme national conference

17 July 2013, Senate House, London

The UNLTD ‘Lead the change’ HE support programme national conference will showcase much of the learning from a year of exceptional work for social ventures supported by higher education.

Shared services to enhance the student experience

3 July 2013, Woburn House, 20 Tavistock Square, London, WC1H 9HQ

This is a lunchtime question and answer panel debate, also webcast live via the Efficiency Exchange. The event will take place between 1230 and 1415. 

Barriers to postgraduate study: Perspectives of students and supervisors

Monday 17 June, Bristol

All UK universities offering postgraduate programmes value postgraduate students for their contribution to the intellectual and cultural capital of the institutions and postgraduates are an essential part of the global workforce and the economy. Yet it is becoming increasingly difficult for universities to recruit to both taught and research postgraduate degrees and current statistics show that applications for postgraduate study in the UK have decreased.

This workshop, jointly hosted by HEFCE and UKCGE, will explore barriers to postgraduate study from different perspectives.

Student number controls: consultation on arrangements for 2014-15 onwards

Two consultation events on 20 and 30 May 2013 for relevant stakeholders

In May 2013, HEFCE published a consultation on the future operation of student number control flexibility from 2014-15 onwards, the entry of new publicly-funded providers of higher education into the student number control system, and changes to the high-grades policy to exempt a limited number of combinations of qualification types from the student number control.

Training workshops on the DLHE survey for further education colleges

Two summer workshops in Manchester and London on the Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education survey

In November 2012, HEFCE outlined planned policy changes to the Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey. These regional workshops aimed to support further education colleges (FECs) through the policy changes.

Higher education finances - TRAC reporting, shared services and diversifying income streams

Wednesday, 15 May 2013, Central London

At a time of immense change to the financing of the HE sector, delegates at this Westminster Higher Education Forum seminar will look at changes to the regulation and reporting of university finances, the introduction of shared services and improving budget efficiency, and steps to increase alternative streams of income, particularly through philanthropy.

Understanding and implementing the higher education public information and external quality assurance agenda

Two workshop-based events on 7 and 24 May 2013 for further education colleges

Organised by HEFCE, the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA) and the Association of Colleges (AoC), these events aim to inform the further education sector about the current public-information agenda and the development of the QAA Quality Code. 

HEFCE Annual Conference 2013

Thursday 18 April 2013, Imperial College London, South Kensington Campus, London SW7 2AZ

HEFCE’s Annual Conference was held at Imperial College London on Thursday 18 April 2013. It offered a forum for topical debate on issues of concern to the sector.

Student and graduate entrepreneurship in colleges and universities

Wednesday, 20 March 2013, London

This Westminster Higher Education Forum seminar will focus on how universities and colleges can encourage more students and graduates to start their own business.

To the academy and beyond: religious literacy in contemporary society

Tuesday 22 January 2013, Central London

A free conference to highlight the lessons learned from two projects on religious literacy in higher education, funded by HEFCE's Leadership, Governance and Management Fund, with an additional focus on how these can be applied beyond ‘the Academy’.

HEaTED conference

9 January 2013, The National Science Learning Centre, York YO10 5DD

The 2013 HEaTED conference is intended for technical staff, technical managers, allied specialists, and staff development colleagues. It aims to provide them with motivation and ideas about how they can work together to develop the technical workforce in an ever-changing higher education environment.

Improving graduate employability

Thursday 7 November 2013, Central London

This Westminster Higher Education Forum seminar will discuss key issues in the graduate labour market and the challenges for increasing graduate employability. It follows the release of HESA's latest Destinations of leavers from Higher Education report that showed graduate unemployment remains high.
Chris Millward, Associate Director, HEFCE, will be speaking at this seminar.  


Supporting student and graduate entrepreneurship - the next steps for Start-Up Loans and Enterprise Societies

Tuesday 25 February 2014, Central London

Rachel Samuels, HE Policy Adviser, Knowledge Exchange and Skills Team, HEFCE will be speaking at this seminar.

Part-time and mature study - increasing participation and improving retention

25 March 2014, Central London

Sarah Howls, Head of Student Opportunity, HEFCE, will be one of the keynote speakers at this Westminster Higher Education Forum event.

Research and innovation in the UK - funding, commercialisation and infrastructure

27 March 2014, Central London

Dr Steven Hill, Head of Research Policy, HEFCE, will be a guest of honour at this Westminster Higher Education Forum event.