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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.
HEFCE welcomes the Government's Innovation and Research Strategy published today, which recognises that universities are a central element to the nation's innovation system.
JANET, the system which provides the electronic communication infrastructure for the UK education and research community, will be among the projects to benefit from £31 million of Government investment to improve high capacity networks.
HEFCE has today published full details of how the Government's proposals for changes to teaching funding and student number controls will be implemented in 2012-13.
On 17 October, HEFCE invited higher education and further education institutions to bid for student places from a 'margin' of up to 20,000 under a new student number control system for 2012-13.
Martyn Harrow, Director of Information Services at Cardiff University, has been appointed as Head of JISC for a fixed term of 9-18 months from 1 February 2012.
Higher education in England is changing and HEFCE has today published a business plan that describes how it will meet the challenges and opportunities of this transition.
HEFCE has today published its response to government proposals to reform the way higher education is regulated.
A unique pack of training resources addressing equality and diversity in research staff careers has been published through the HEFCE-funded Every Researcher Counts project.
HEFCE has today (17 October) published information on the new approach it will use to implement the control on the number of full-time students that universities and colleges can recruit for 2012-13. This includes information about the process for bidding for 20,000 places which will be redistributed.
A new group has been set up by HEFCE and the Student Loans Company (SLC) to advise on and oversee the transition to the new regulatory and funding systems for higher education. It is called the Interim Regulatory Partnership Group and met for the first time on 12 September.
HEFCE and the Office for Fair Access (OFFA) have today (29 September 2011) published a joint report on our monitoring of widening participation strategic assessments and access agreements for 2009-10.
The Leadership Foundation for Higher Education (LF) and HEFCE have today announced a £1 million Innovation and Transformation Fund.
A new independent working group has been set up to examine how UK-funded research findings can be made more accessible.
Analysis by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) of the tenth annual Higher Education – Business and Community Interaction survey shows the total value of UK knowledge exchange increased by 4 per cent from £2.97 billion in 2008-09 to £3.09 billion in 2009-10.
HEFCE has continued since 2009 to invest in measures to increase and diversify demand for, and sustain and re-shape the supply of, strategically important subjects: chemistry; engineering; maths; physics; quantitative social science; and modern foreign languages and related area studies.
The Higher Education Funding Council for England welcomes the latest Longitudinal Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education Survey, which shows that employment rates remain high for graduates three-and-a-half years after leaving higher education.
The satisfaction rate for students studying at UK higher education institutions (HEIs) and further education colleges (FECs) remains high, with 83 per cent saying they are satisfied overall with their course in this year's National Student Survey (NSS). A further 8 per cent were neither satisfied nor dissatisfied with their higher education experience; and only 9 per cent were dissatisfied.
The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) has today (4 August) published a technical consultation on a new regulatory framework for higher education (Note 1).
The Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) is today (14 July) publishing a strategy statement setting out its overall approach to implementing the Government's proposals for higher education reform in the recent White Paper (Note 1). It also identifies a number of high-level objectives in relation to research and knowledge exchange.
The Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) today welcomes the announcement by the Office of Fair Access (OFFA) that access agreements have been approved for 141 universities and colleges in England (Note 1).
A report published today (6 July) shows how HEFCE funding for internships during the recession has boosted graduate employment and employability, increased the number of businesses working with higher education and increased the number of people participating in internships.
Following publication of the higher education White Paper, the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) has today launched the first stage of a consultation on future arrangements for funding higher education teaching and allocating student numbers (Note 1).
Sir Alan Langlands, Chief Executive of HEFCE, has welcomed the Government's White Paper, 'Higher education: students at the heart of the system' (Note 1).
HEFCE today invites applications for funding from the second phase of the Revolving Green Fund (RGF) for projects to reduce carbon emissions.
From September 2012, prospective higher education students will have easy access to the new Key Information Set (KIS) to help them choose what and where to study.
Universities and colleges across the UK are continuing to improve the quality of their buildings and to use them more efficiently, according to a report published today (13 June) by HEFCE.
Sir Alan Langlands, Chief Executive of HEFCE, has welcomed a report by the House of Commons Committee of Public Accounts, 'Regulating financial sustainability in higher education', published today (Note 1).
HEFCE announced today (26 May) funding of £600 million for 2011-12 to 2014-15 for universities to help with the recovery and growth of the economy (See note 1). This follows the Government's decision to continue higher education innovation funding (HEIF) and to reform it to focus on the highest-performing universities working with businesses.
Research Councils UK (RCUK) and HEFCE have announced plans to work together to ensure greater open access to published research. In a speech to the Association of British Science Writers yesterday (24 May), David Willetts, Minister for Universities and Science, outlined the joint commitment RCUK and HEFCE are making to ensure that open access becomes a reality.
HEFCE's support for strategically important and vulnerable subjects (SIVS) has enabled courses in these subjects to be sustained, has built research capacity and provided value for money, according to an evaluation published today.
A draft equality scheme for HEFCE is being consulted on from today. Views on whether our approach to equality and diversity is appropriate are welcomed. The deadline for responses is 29 July 2011.
HEFCE and the Wellcome Trust jointly celebrated the success of the Clinical Senior Lectureship Awards (CSLA) at a meeting of over 100 of the award holders earlier this week.
HEFCE wishes to make a number of new appointments to its committees. These positions provide a unique opportunity to contribute to higher education at a time of significant change and transition in the sector. The main areas of this web-site - accessed through the tabs above - provide further information about our strategic activities.
Following consultation, the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA) has announced a new method of institutional review. The new method is described in a handbook and operational description published by QAA today.
HEFCE has announced funding totalling £662 million for capital investment to support teaching and research in 128 higher education institutions and 124 further education colleges (see Note 1). The announcement covers allocations for teaching for 2011-12 and 2012-13, and for research from 2011-12 to 2014-15 (see Note 3).
HEFCE will distribute £6,507 million to 130 universities and higher education colleges, and 124 directly funded further education colleges, for the academic year 2011-12 (see Notes 1 and 2).
Universities are facing a significant period of transition in the next few years, with reductions in public funding, and a move to a new student finance and funding regime from 2012. However, they do so from a sound financial position, according to the Higher Education funding Council for England, which published a review of their finances today (7 March).
Sir Alan Langlands, Chief Executive of HEFCE, has welcomed the National Audit Office (NAO) report 'Regulating financial sustainability in higher education', which was published today (see note Note 1)
The four UK higher education funding bodies have today announced how they will recognise and reward excellent research that has led to wider social and economic benefits.
HEFCE has published three studies relating to flexible and innovative provision: 'Diverse provision in higher education: options and challenges', 'Costing study of accelerated two-year honours degrees: a report to HEFCE by Liz Hart Associates', and 'Flexible Learning Pathfinders: key statistics 2008-09' (HEFCE 2011/05).
The new arrangements for higher education funding mean that the active involvement of students at all levels of university development and decision making will become even more important in the future, Sir Alan Langlands, Chief Executive of HEFCE told a conference today.
The Deputy Prime Minister has today outlined the proposed shape and scope of the National Scholarship Programme.
The HEFCE Board has welcomed a review which makes recommendations about the future of UK higher and further education's information and communications technology (ICT) organisation, the Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC). (See note 1)
Universities and colleges in England stand to benefit from a new programme of services and investment to deliver efficiencies through shared services in cloud computing infrastructure and applications (see note Note 1).
HEFCE announced today (2 February 2011) the main decisions made by the Board at its meeting on 28 January on the provisional distribution of funding to universities and colleges in 2011-12.
Universities and colleges need to make online learning a central part of organisational strategies if they are to meet rapidly changing student demands and stay competitive in the global higher education (HE) market.