HEFCE closed at the end of March 2018. The information on this website is historical and is no longer maintained.
The HEFCE domain - www.hefce.ac.uk - 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.
The prime concern of HEFCE and the Board of Governors at London Metropolitan University is for the current students and the continued provision of their education. Both parties are equally concerned to ensure that there are effective governance and management arrangements in place, providing confidence in the University’s ability to ensure the proper stewardship and use of public funds.
An Online Learning Task Force has been set up to help the UK higher education (HE) sector maintain and extend its position as a world leader in online learning.
Students are to take a central role in new arrangements to assure the quality of higher education (HE) in universities and colleges in England and Northern Ireland.
The HEFCE Board on 27 November considered a review of modern foreign languages in English higher education (HE). The review, commissioned by HEFCE and undertaken by Professor Michael Worton, Vice-Provost of University College London, drew on a range of data to make recommendations that aim to assure the long-term sustainability and vitality of modern foreign languages (MFL) provision in HE. A dissemination event is scheduled for 1 December in London. This event will provide the languages community with the opportunity to discuss the report's recommendations.
HEFCE today called on universities to assist unemployed graduates through the economic downturn, and support employers in the Government’s priority areas as part of the Backing Young Britain initiative. Higher education institutions (HEIs) are invited to take part in the scheme, which will provide £13.6 million to support 8,500 graduate internships.
Government money to support university research is making a real difference to our everyday lives and helping universities respond quickly to emerging challenges facing the world, according to a joint report published today.
Heather Fry has been appointed Director of Education and Participation at HEFCE succeeding John Selby who retires at the end of April 2010. Heather has been Head of Learning and Teaching at HEFCE since November 2008, leading on policy development and implementation in areas such as quality assurance and enhancement, and teaching funding policy.
UnLtd, the Foundation for Social Entrepreneurs, and HEFCE have joined forces to launch an awards scheme to promote and recognise social entrepreneurship activity in higher education (HE).
Six universities will work as part of a major initiative to promote science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) throughout England and Wales.
HEFCE welcomes 'Higher Ambitions – The future of universities in a knowledge economy' published today by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills.
Round five of the HEFCE – Department of Health Clinical Senior Lectureship Awards is now open for nominations.
fdf is seeking to appoint up to five new members of its Management Board to replace members whose term of office has expired in 2009. Board members normally serve for a term of three years renewable for a further three years.
An independent survey of HEFCE's main stakeholders, other than higher education institutions (HEIs) and further education colleges, found that there has been a shift in the way they rate many aspects of their relationship with HEFCE from 'good' to 'very good'.
Over 7,000 young people have been inspired and encouraged to consider applying to university through the support of student mentors following the success of the Aimhigher Associates scheme, which is now to be rolled out nationally across England.
HEFCE is taking forward the development of nine existing higher education (HE) centres, in parts of the country not well served by HE. The centres located in the East of England, the North West, South East, South West, and Yorkshire and Humber have been allocated 2,208 additional student numbers in 2010-11 enabling them to enhance the learning opportunities for local people.
HEFCE is committed to developing higher education (HE) centres and six proposals under the New ‘University Challenge’ initiative have been identified as being of good enough quality to go forward.
There is no systemic failure in quality and standards in English higher education (HE), but there are issues needing to be addressed, a report commissioned by HEFCE concludes.
This invitation was published originally with a deadline of 25 September 2009. The deadline has now been extended to 9 October 2009. We will be in touch with the successful candidate by 26 October.
HEFCE has today published a consultation, on behalf of the four UK higher education funding bodies, on the Research Excellence Framework (REF) (Note 1). The REF is the new process for assessing research in UK higher education institutions, enabling the selective allocation of funding. It will replace the Research Assessment Exercise (RAE).
HEFCE has welcomed the CBI Higher Education Task Force report recommending a stronger relationship between higher education and business.
HEFCE has today published details of a new policy that sets out its approach to institutions experiencing chronic and continuing problems in the quality of learning and teaching.
HEFCE invites people with disabilities and those in higher education (HE) who support them to become involved in HEFCE policy making over the next 12 months.
HEFCE is today making available a number of documents relating to its dealings with London Metropolitan University (LMU) over student data returns and the resulting overpayment and recovery of grant.
Numbers of respondents to higher education's (HE) National Student Survey (NSS) were up this year, and four-fifths of students expressed satisfaction with the course they did.
HEFCE has written to universities and colleges to confirm their share of the 10,000 new student places for 2009-10 that were announced by the Government on 20 July.
We wish to strengthen our Audit Committee by appointing another independent member. You will either be experienced in an institution's governance, or have a background in accountancy, audit or finance at partner/director level.
A joint consultation between HEFCE, Universities UK and GuildHE on developing a carbon reduction target and strategy for higher education in England is being published today.
HEFCE has written to universities and colleges outlining the implications of the 10,000 undergraduate places for 2009-10 announced by the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills on 20 July. This follows the letter to HEFCE from the Higher Education Minister, David Lammy, on 23 July setting out guidance on the announcement.
Professor Sir William Wakeham, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Southampton, has been appointed chair of SEPnet, a HEFCE-funded consortium of six university physics departments across the south-east.
London Excellence has awarded HEFCE their 2009 Ambassador's Blue Riband award. The award recognises organisations that promote and support learning and development with regards to business excellence in the wider community.
HEFCE has received a letter from Higher Education Minister David Lammy on behalf of the Secretary of State setting out how he would like the Council to respond to the announcement that the Government will fund student support for an extra 10,000 full-time undergraduate places for 2009-10.
HEFCE is consulting on proposed efficiency savings in teaching funding. The consultation specifically suggests savings among 'targeted allocations' outside the mainstream teaching grant.
HEFCE is seeking a nominee from the higher education (HE) sector to represent the four UK HE funding bodies on the Board of Directors of the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA). The QAA carries out audit and review of the quality of the higher education in publicly funded institutions.
Universities and higher education (HE) colleges in the UK provided ideas and services worth £2.812 billion (Note 1) in 2007-08, according to an annual survey published today. This is the highest level on record and a rise of 6.5 per cent on the year before.
The Department for Business, Innovation & Skills (BIS) invites applications for positions on the HEFCE Board. It is looking for people with experience of any or all of the following: professional service, preferably accountancy, health sector, teaching intensive institutions, and in creating links between business and the HE sector.
HEFCE today welcomed the statement by the Prime Minister on the important role played by The Open University (OU). This coincides with an announcement by HEFCE of £7.8 million of funding to enhance the OU’s national role, and is part of the celebrations of the OU’s 40th anniversary.
There have been widespread improvements in human resources (HR) management in higher education (HE) since 2001, according to an independent study. HEFCE funding has supported a concerted effort by universities and colleges together with the Universities and Colleges Employers Association.
Further details have been announced for the £20 million national programme starting this summer that aims to increase the number of students graduating from science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) courses. The programme also aims to make a significant contribution to meeting the skills needs of local economies.
The 11th set of UK higher education performance indicators, published today (4 June 2009) (see Note 1) shows that three out of the four key indicators of widening participation have improved over the last year. All of the indicators show a general trend of improvements over the past six years.
Public capital funding in universities has supported the UK's dominant position in international research and produced many other benefits, according to a report published today.
The HEFCE Board at its meeting on 7 May considered the implications for universities and colleges of the Secretary of State?s letter of 6 May.
A further £60 million of capital funding has been approved by HEFCE with some projects able to start as soon as this month.
David Lammy, Minister of State for Higher Education and Intellectual Property, today announced the national launch of the Aimhigher Associates programme, following a successful pilot last year.
HEFCE has published a report on the characteristics of part-time study focusing on the completion rates of students entering a first degree.
The HEFCE Board received today the letter from John Denham, Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills on how the Budget Statement of 22 April 2009 affects higher education and how he expects HEFCE to respond.
Forty-four higher education institutions (HEIs) have been awarded a share of £25 million from the Revolving Green Fund, a partnership fund between HEFCE and Salix Finance. The fund enables HEIs to radically transform their approaches to energy consumption and reducing emissions.
An evaluation published today by HEFCE(1) shows that the money put into higher education institutions in England for working with businesses and the community has yielded benefits worth many times the investment over the past seven years.
HEFCE has today published 'Enhancing learning and teaching through the use of technology - a revised approach to HEFCE's strategy for e-learning' (HEFCE 2009/12). This revised approach follows an independent review of the strategy and is designed to provide further support to higher education institutions as they develop their own e-learning strategies.
The first national analysis of the Aimhigher summer school programme was launched today at the Action on Access Summer Schools Conference in Birmingham.
HEFCE has welcomed the announcement of five globally competitive partnerships between universities and leading NHS organisations.
The new 'University Challenge' programme aims to create up to 20 new centres of higher education (HE) by 2014.
HEFCE announced today that it will allocate £7,994 million to universities and colleges in 2009-10, representing an increase of 4 per cent from the previous year.
A new publication from HEFCE champions the world-class nature and achievements of higher education (HE) in England, and steers the public debate about its future.
A report by the Financial Sustainability Strategy Group (FSSG) published today sets out what needs to be done to achieve a sustainable future for learning and teaching.
The majority of higher education institutions and further education colleges rate their student engagement processes - such as questionnaires and student representation systems - as reasonable or very effective, but student unions are less likely to do so.
The number of starters to full-time PhD programmes grew by 22 per cent between 1996-97 and 2004-05 from 13,800 to 16,900, according to a study published today.
A new plan to put higher education (HE) at the forefront of society's efforts to achieve sustainability has been published today by HEFCE.
HEFCE has set out a summary of the Board's decisions relating to the recent grant letter from the Secretary of State, following its meeting on 22 January.
HEFCE is supporting a new government campaign launched today to highlight the vital role science plays in the wellbeing and prosperity of Britain.
HEFCE today launched the Economic Challenge Investment Fund (ECIF) to enable higher education to respond rapidly to the needs of employers and individuals during the economic downturn. Universities and colleges in England are being invited to take part in a £50 million scheme to help individuals and businesses through the recession.
The costs to universities and colleges of complying with the accountability requirements of higher education funders and official agencies for their use of public funds has continued to fall, according to a report published today by the PA Consulting Group.
HEFCE has received the annual grant letter from the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills on higher education funding for 2009-10.
HEFCE has welcomed the report published by the Innovation, Universities, Science and Skills Committee examining the impact of Lord Leitch's 2006 review of skills.
HEFCE and the Office for Fair Access (OFFA) set out today details of the new form of reporting for institutions on widening participation (WP) in higher education.