Results of the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise show that 54 per cent of UK research activity falls into the top two grades of 'world leading' or 'internationally excellent'.
HEFCE has selected the University of Birmingham to host the national higher education programme for science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).
HEFCE has awarded the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) Europe £1.5 million to provide a dedicated programme of training and support to institutions participating in the matched funding scheme for voluntary giving.
Plans for cutting the higher education sector's carbon emissions are set out in a recent HEFCE report to the Secretary of State.
Universities and colleges are being asked to review their capital investment plans to bring forward £250 million of capital expenditure from 2010-11 to 2009-10 and 2008-09 to help stimulate economic activity.
Details of how universities and colleges can do still more to help businesses during an economic downturn are being published today by Universities UK and GuildHE, supported by HEFCE.
A mid-term review of the Clinical Senior Lectureship Awards (CSLA) scheme shows senior medical school staff are optimistic about the impact the scheme will have on the capacity and sustainability of the clinical academic community.
Sir Alan Langlands, Principal and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Dundee, has been appointed Chief Executive of the Higher Education Funding Council for England. He takes up the post on 1 April 2009, succeeding Professor David Eastwood. Throughout his time at Dundee, Sir Alan has shown an absolute commitment to excellence in education, research and knowledge transfer, and the university has made an enormous contribution to the economic and social development of the city and the wider community in Scotland.
HEFCE has provided a report on understanding higher education (HE) institutional performance as part of a government debate about the future development of HE.
Professor David Eastwood, Chief Executive of HEFCE, today issued advice to universities and colleges on the implications of the recent parliamentary statement on student support by John Denham, Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills.
A report published today demonstrates the benefits to employers of building strong partnerships with higher education to produce a highly skilled workforce.
John Denham, Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills has written a letter to the Chair of HEFCE Tim Melville-Ross about action he would like the funding Council to take following his parliamentary statement on student support.
The future of science and other key vulnerable subjects, which have seen declines in the past in the number of students, is now far healthier than it was three years ago, Professor David Eastwood, Chief Executive of the Higher Education Funding Council for England, said today (21 October).
Students, academics and higher education institutions are to benefit from the combined experience and knowledge of educators throughout the country. An innovative project announced today will significantly increase access to educational resources across the higher education sector.
HEFCE today confirmed the distribution of nearly £400 million from the Higher Education Innovation Fund round four (HEIF 4) to universities following approval of their strategies (Note 1).
More students than ever have responded to the National Student Survey (NSS) this year. Nearly 220,000 students completed the 2008 survey. This figure comprises over 210,000 students studying at higher education institutions (HEIs) (up from 177,000 last year) plus over 6,000 students studying higher education at further education (FE) colleges, which took part in the survey for the first time this year. This is the fourth annual National Student Survey.
New team structures and roles within HEFCE have now taken effect. These are being introduced to strengthen our internal processes and resource to enhance our relationship with institutions.
HEFCE is consulting on changes to the way it funds teaching. The proposals will improve support for teaching enhancement and widening participation.
Applications are now invited for a new £30 million fund available from 2008-11, which provides recoverable grants to institutions for projects that reduce their greenhouse gas emissions.
The higher education (HE) sector does not view quality assurance issues as a barrier to engaging with employers, according to a report published today by HEFCE.
Professor Sir Timothy O'Shea, Principal and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Edinburgh, has been appointed as the new Chair of JISC from 1 January 2009. The appointment was announced today by HEFCE, on behalf of the UK funding bodies (Note 1).
A new £200 million scheme designed to increase voluntary giving to higher education (HE) providers starts today. The scheme, administered by HEFCE, is the first of its kind in the UK and seeks to achieve a step change in voluntary giving across the HE sector.
HEFCE announced today that it will lead a consultation with a wide range of organisations to identify ways communities can bid for funds for a higher education (HE) centre or university campus.
Funded by HEFCE, the UK Research Reserve (UKRR) will be hosted by the British Library.This central repository will release up to 100 kilometres of shelf space, saving the sector up to £29 million in capital funds.
A new agreement setting out clear expectations for researchers, research managers, research institutions, and funders of research was recently launched. The 'Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers' describes standards, expectations and responsibilities for the proper management and development of academic researchers in universities and higher education colleges across the UK.
The Higher Education - Business and Community Interaction (HE-BCI) survey, published today, reveals that higher education's contribution to the economy continued to grow in 2006-07, reaching record levels. UK higher education institutions (HEIs) received £2.64 billion from business and community interaction in 2006-07. This is a 17 per cent rise from the last survey (for 2005-06).
The Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) has provided Anglia Ruskin University and Harper Adams University College with a total of more than £11 million that will enable them to provide new services to businesses.
HEFCE and the Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills have this week opened nominations for the 2008 National Aimhigher Awards Scheme. The awards celebrate the work being undertaken by Aimhigher learners and partnerships across the country.
As part of developing the Research Excellence Framework, HEFCE has launched a pilot exercise in the construction of bibliometric indicators of research quality.
A National Audit Office report on the progress and development of widening participation in higher education, published today has been welcomed by HEFCE. The report, titled 'Widening participation in higher education' examines national trends in participation, and the progress made by the HE sector in addressing some of the barriers to widening participation.
HEFCE wishes to invite people with disabilities and those in higher education who support them to become involved in HEFCE policy making over the next 12 months. Anyone wishing to do so is invited to express their interest by 1 August 2008.
Professor David Eastwood, Chief Executive of the Higher Education Funding Council for England, has been appointed Vice-Chancellor of the University of Birmingham with effect from April 2009.
The European Foundation for Quality Management (EFQM) has awarded HEFCE the top score of five stars in its 'Recognised for Excellence' award. This prestigious award means HEFCE has been recognised as an organisation that uses good practice in all areas of its operations.
HEFCE has published a consultation on its next three-year strategy to drive sustainable development in the higher education (HE) sector. The strategy aims to enrich and support HE's contribution to the wider sustainable development agenda.
The tenth set of UK higher education (HE) performance indicators, published today (see note 1) shows improvements across all three of the key indicators for widening participation. The indicators are better for the most recent year's data (2006-07) and also show a general trend of improvements over the past five years.
Development of the new Research Excellence Framework (REF) is moving ahead with a pilot exercise using the bibliometric techniques that will underpin this new approach to the funding and assessment of research.
HEFCE has appointed three associate directors as part of a new organisational structure to help manage relationships with universities and colleges more effectively. The holders of these new positions will work with HEFCE regional consultants and others in the Council to develop and maintain effective, collaborative relationships with our stakeholders both regionally and nationally.
HEFCE announced today the appointment of Roger McClure as Chair of JANET(UK), the organisation that supports the UK's academic digital network. He will take up the appointment on 1 August, succeeding Professor Geoff Peters.
The growth in the number of students studying on foundation degree programmes is on track to meet the government target of 100,000 by 2010, according to a report published today by HEFCE.
HEFCE is moving forward with arrangements for the Research Excellence Framework (REF) following the announcement today by John Denham, Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills.
An interim report published today by HEFCE shows that Lifelong Learning Networks (LLNs) will help to gradually improve the progression opportunities for vocational learners.
Research published today by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) analyses league tables that provide rankings of universities for newspapers and on the web. It also looks at how universities and colleges in England respond to such rankings. While there is clearly a demand for league tables among prospective students and others, many feel dissatisfied with the way they are compiled.
HEFCE has approved funding of £12.5 million to bring together, promote and sustain physics provision in six departments in South East England so that they can develop and support the regional and national economy. Total additional funding over the next seven years including resources provided by the universities and partner organisations will be £27.8 million.
The Universities of Teesside, Staffordshire and Cumbria, and Worcester College of Technology are developing new relationships with employers to support business growth and employee development, supported by more than £8 million of HEFCE funding.
HEFCE has welcomed the request from the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, John Denham that we should conduct a consultation into the development of new higher education or university centres in areas of under-provision.
HEFCE announced today allocations for each higher education institution (HEI) under the fourth round of the Higher Education Innovation Fund (HEIF 4).
The Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) announced today that it will make available £7,476 million in funding for universities and colleges in England for 2008-09. This represents a 3.3 per cent increase in total grant over the current year (2007-08).
HEFCE has warmly welcomed the consultation announced today by Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, John Denham, to open up significant new opportunities for developing new centres of higher education in towns and cities. The consultation, titled, 'A new "University Challenge"' aims to bring the benefits of higher education to areas of under-provision.
HEFCE's Director of Research, Innovation and Skills, Rama Thirunamachandran, has been appointed the next Deputy Vice-Chancellor at Keele University.
An independent survey of universities and further education colleges offering higher education shows that favourability towards HEFCE has risen steeply over the past seven years.
HEFCE has published a research and evaluation strategy that will help gain a deeper understanding of factors that affect participation in higher education.
HEFCE will provide at least £105 million over the next three years to support the development of courses where the cost is jointly shared by the individual, the state and the employer.
The national programme to widen participation in higher education will distribute £74.1 million per year to partnerships for a further three years.
Routes into Languages, a HEFCE-funded programme designed to increase and widen participation in language study, has been launched. The programme targets Key Stages 4 and 5 and higher education (HE), and aims to support the national role of HE languages as a motor for economic and civic regeneration. The funding for the three-year, £8 million programme is provided by HEFCE and the Department for Children, Schools and Families. There are over 50 universities involved.
HEFCE has awarded £9.6 million to support the bringing together of two research intensive universities as part of the Birmingham Science City.
HEFCE has announced the distribution of £2.4 billion in capital funding for learning and teaching, research and infrastructure over the next three years.
A review of sustainable development in the higher education (HE) sector carried out for the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) has been published today. The review suggests that, although a great deal has been done, the momentum for change needs to continue and increase if HE institutions are to maximise their role in improving the environment, preserving natural resources and making an economic and social impact.
Higher education institutions (HEIs) in England will benefit from a new fund to provide repayable grants for projects that reduce greenhouse gas emissions. This fund will be a partnership between HEFCE and Salix Finance Ltd (Salix) with both parties committing significant funds. HEFCE and Salix expect that there will be a combined total of around £30-40 million to distribute over the three years from 2008.
The UK academic network, JANET has won in the shared services category of the e-Government National Awards 2007, announced on Tuesday 22 January (Note 1). The awards recognise the UK's best e-government and technology-driven services.
HEFCE has welcomed a report by the Office for Fair Access (OFFA) which records that universities spent a quarter of their additional fee income on access measures in 2006-07.
HEFCE has received the annual grant letter from the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills on higher education funding for 2008-09, which it will consider in detail at the meeting of the Board on 24 January.