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HEFCE closed at the end of March 2018. The information on this website is historical and is no longer maintained.

Many of HEFCE's functions will be continued by the Office for Students, the new regulator of higher education in England, and Research England, the new council within UK Research and Innovation.

The HEFCE domain - - will continue to function until September 2018. At this point we will close the site entirely and all its information will only be available from the National Web Archive.


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

It is scheduled as Government and the higher and further education sectors begin to implement the recommendations of both Lord Young's enterprise report on encouraging business startups, and Sir Tim Wilson's review of university-business collaboration.

Focus of the seminar 

Delegates will assess the impact of initiatives such as: 

  • the HEFCE and UnLtd social entrepreneurship partnership
  • the introduction of enterprise societies within universities and colleges
  • the new StartUp Loans scheme providing Government-backed loans for young entrepreneurs.

Planned sessions also focus on how enterprise education can be embedded into higher education curriculums and the practical steps universities and colleges can take to support student and graduate startups. 

This seminar includes an address from Rachel Samuels, HE Policy Adviser, Knowledge Exchange and Skills Team, HEFCE. 

The seminar is run by the Westminster Higher Education Forum.

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