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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 The information on this website is historical and is no longer maintained.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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20 pupils from a range of schools were taken on a trip to CERN as part of Talent 2030, a Council for Industry and Higher Education project supported by the National HE STEM Programme and the University of Warwick.

Working with professional bodies and other key partners, our initial work under this programme focused on pilot projects designed to raise demand and widen participation in chemistry, engineering, mathematics and physics. We built on the successful elements of these projects, integrating the work into the National HE STEM Programme which ran from 2009-10 to 2011-12.

The programme comprises six partner institutions and four professional bodies. It has engaged with almost 90 universities and colleges across England and Wales through over 300 projects, many of which will continue to be sustained.

To mark the successes of the National HE STEM Programme a conference will be held on 4-6 September at the University of Birmingham, the partner institution that hosted the Programme.

The conference will provide the opportunity for STEM practitioners (specifically those working in physics, chemistry, mathematics and engineering) to discover the latest developments in the learning and teaching of STEM courses. This includes new and enhanced approaches to widening participation and outreach activities, how to develop higher level skills in their student cohorts and employer partners, as well as finding new ways to encourage uptake of STEM subjects. Speakers include: Sir Alan Langlands, HEFCE Chief Executive, Lord Robert Winston, Professor of Science and Society and Emeritus Professor of Fertility Studies, Imperial College London, and Meg Munn MP Sheffield Heeley.



  1. The National STEM Programme ran from August 2009 to July 2012 with funding of £20 million from HEFCE, and a further £1 million from HEFCW. 
  2. Further information about the National STEM Programme conference.
  3. More about Talent 2030