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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 The information on this website is historical and is no longer maintained.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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Knowledge Unlatched pilot given HEFCE backing

12 December 2013

An exciting new model for open-access book publishing has received financial backing of up to £50,000 from HEFCE.

UK performance indicators valued by the higher education sector

09 December 2013

A fundamental review of the UK Performance Indicators for higher education (UKPIs) has been published today.

More support for postgraduate students

09 December 2013

Postgraduate students at more than 40 universities will receive support through the HEFCE Postgraduate Support Scheme, a £25 million publicly-funded programme.

Call for expressions of interest to the UK Research Partnership Investment Fund

06 December 2013

At least £100 million to develop research facilities across the UK will encourage collaboration and support excellent research.

HEFCE responds to the Autumn Statement

05 December 2013

The Government has announced that it will remove the cap on student numbers at publicly-funded universities and colleges from 2015-16, with an additional 30,000 students for 2014-15, and provide an additional £185 million for STEM subjects over four years from 2015-16.

REF submissions received

05 December 2013

The four UK funding bodies welcomed the receipt of universities' submissions to the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF). All 155 institutions that intend to participate in the REF successfully made their submissions by the deadline on 29 November 2013.

£2 million boost for universities to support social ventures

03 December 2013

UnLtd, HEFCE, universities and entrepreneurship support organisations across England will build a sustainable system of support for social entrepreneurs.

University museums for the 21st century

14 November 2013

HEFCE, whose funding supports university museums in England, welcomes the publication of ‘Impact and engagement: University museums for the 21st century’.

How universities and colleges can become even greener

01 November 2013

A consultation launched by HEFCE aims to promote dialogue within the higher education sector on what more can be done to promote sustainable development. Students are also invited to contribute to the discussion.

Green Impact Awards at HEFCE

30 October 2013

HEFCE staff celebrated the culmination of four months of Green Impact activity at its Bristol headquarters with an award ceremony attended by HEFCE’s Chair, Tim Melville-Ross who congratulated teams on their awards.

Mathematics and statistics support for students in English universities receives funding boost

28 October 2013

sigma, the national network for cross-university mathematics and statistics support in England, will receive more than £800,000 from HEFCE to boost its vital service.

Cautious outlook for financial health of the higher education sector

25 October 2013

The projected performance for the higher education sector in England for the period to 2015-16 is sound overall. However, this projection assumes that higher education institutions will achieve their student recruitment targets, and that there will be no further reductions in government funding.

New HEFCE data show how higher education participation has changed over time and by region

24 October 2013

A report published by HEFCE reveals that the proportion of young people in England going on to higher education increased substantially, by more than a quarter, between the late 1990s and the 2011-12 academic year to reach 38 per cent. It also highlights significant geographical variations in the proportion of young people entering higher education.

BIS is seeking to appoint a new member to the HEFCE Board

22 October 2013

The Secretary of State for Business Innovation and Skills (BIS) wishes to appoint a new HEFCE Board member.

Reviewing the National Student Survey

22 October 2013

Higher education organisations and stakeholders are invited to provide views and feedback on the National Student Survey (NSS). The deadline for responses is noon on Wednesday 13 November 2013.

New HEFCE Board member to represent student interest

16 October 2013

The Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills has appointed Graeme Osborn to the HEFCE Board, with specific responsibility for the student interest.

Sir Andrew Witty's review of universities and growth

16 October 2013

HEFCE welcomes this review - it speaks so positively of the role that universities can and do play in economic growth. It is very important that this is the view from a successful British businessman who can speak on behalf of those who benefit from the knowledge and expertise that universities offer.

How higher education in England works

15 October 2013

A summary guide to the higher education system is published today.

Three universities to receive £35 million for medical and engineering projects

10 October 2013

King’s College London, the University of Glasgow and the University of Southampton have been awarded funding from the UK Research Partnership Investment Fund (UKRPIF) to develop medical and engineering projects. The projects will carry out research respectively into cancer, chronic disease, and maritime and structural engineering. The total value of the three projects is over £250 million.

Introduction to how HEFCE funds universities and controls student numbers

09 October 2013

A guide to the principles and methods behind HEFCE’s funding and student number control allocations to universities and colleges has been published. It covers academic year 2013-14 and can be downloaded from our web-site.

Universities awarded £19.5 million for overhaul of quantitative social science training

02 October 2013

Fifteen universities across the UK will receive £19.5 million to overhaul their social science teaching in an ambitious intervention to address the critical shortage of social scientists with the quantitative skills needed to evaluate evidence and analyse data.

Science and engineering capital investment

01 October 2013

We welcome the announcement by David Willetts on 30 September that £400 million will be invested in higher education science and engineering teaching facilities, including £200 million by HEFCE in 2015-16. This funding is essential for universities and colleges to meet the needs of UK industry and to keep pace internationally. We also look forward to details of the capital funding the Government intends to make available for other areas of teaching and research in 2015-16. We will provide guidance to institutions on our approach to all of these allocations once this is clear.

Unistats updates help students make informed choices

24 September 2013

The updated and improved Unistats web-site includes even more course information than ever before, and will make it easier for users to search and compare courses by location, as well as on the go via a new mobile phone version.

Review of HEFCE financial memorandum with institutions

16 September 2013

The terms and conditions for payment of HEFCE grants to universities and colleges are to be revised. HEFCE is consulting on proposed changes.

Open course in technology-enhanced learning

04 September 2013

The first group of participants has recently completed the Open Course in Technology Enhanced Learning (ocTEL), a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC), aimed at helping those delivering higher education to make best use of technology.

New Year start for HEFCE Chief Executive

04 September 2013

Professor Madeleine Atkins CBE, Vice-Chancellor of Coventry University, will take up her post as Chief Executive of the Higher Education Funding Council for England on 1 January 2014. Professor Atkins was appointed to the position in July 2013.

Supplying pharmacy graduates – a consultation

02 September 2013

The Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) and Health Education England (HEE) are consulting on the supply of pharmacy graduates in England.

Guidance on savings through VAT-exempt cost sharing groups

02 September 2013

New guidance is available on the benefits of shared services to universities and colleges following the introduction of the cost sharing groups (CSG) exemption to Value Added Tax (VAT).

Indicators for higher education in further education colleges

29 August 2013

A report presenting indicators for higher education in English further education colleges (FECs), including the first publication of employment indicators, has been published.

Student satisfaction at a nine-year high

12 August 2013

Students studying at UK higher education institutions (HEIs) and further education colleges (FECs) continue to be very satisfied, with 85 per cent of respondents to this year's National Student Survey (NSS) saying they are satisfied overall with their course. A further 7 per cent were neither satisfied nor dissatisfied with their higher education experience, while 7 per cent were dissatisfied.

Director and chair of student engagement unit announced

05 August 2013

The director and chair of a new higher education student engagement and partnership unit have been confirmed. HEFCE recently announced funding for the unit, hosted by the National Union of Students (NUS), which will work to involve students more fully as partners in their higher education. Other funders include the Association of Colleges, GuildHE and NUS.

HEFCE publications on supply and demand for higher education subjects

31 July 2013

HEFCE has published the latest data on supply and demand in higher education subjects, and an evaluation of the National Higher Education Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (HE STEM) programme.

Study overseas, UK students urged in new Government initiative

29 July 2013

UK students will be encouraged to broaden their horizons by travelling overseas for part of their higher education, thanks to a new Government-backed initiative launched today.

Postgraduate research degree qualification rates improving

26 July 2013

A report published by HEFCE presents projected rates of qualification for a cohort of students studying for postgraduate research degrees [Note 1]. Data on students who began their studies in 2010-11 show that their projected completion rates are higher than equivalent rates for students beginning postgraduate research degrees in recent years.

Professor Madeleine Atkins to be next Chief Executive of HEFCE

25 July 2013

Professor Madeleine Atkins CBE, Vice-Chancellor of Coventry University, has been appointed Chief Executive of the Higher Education Funding Council for England.

Open access consultation launched

24 July 2013

Views are invited on the open access proposals for the post-2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF).

Assessing campus biodiversity

24 July 2013

A web-based tool to measure plant diversity on university and college campuses has been developed by the University of Northampton with funds from HEFCE.

Latest projects receive funding from HEFCE to reduce energy and carbon emissions

18 July 2013

In the third round of allocations from HEFCE’s Revolving Green Fund (RGF), 43 universities will receive funding to reduce their energy costs and carbon emissions. The funded projects are expected to save around 20,000 tonnes in CO2 emissions.

Next steps in higher education regulatory reform

11 July 2013

The Government has announced its intention to make further changes to the regulation of higher education in England [Note 1]. These changes follow the 2011 Higher Education White Paper ‘Students at the heart of the system’ [Note 2], which sets out the Government’s plans for placing higher education on a financially sustainable footing, delivering a better quality student experience, and promoting social mobility.

Higher education and beyond

04 July 2013

A new report examines the degree outcomes and later employment of students who began full-time degree courses in the 2006-07 academic year. Published by HEFCE, the report allows us for the first time to map the success of university entrants over time, on the basis of their entry characteristics, degree subject and choice of institution.

£75 million investment in removing barriers to postgraduate study

02 July 2013

Students from disadvantaged backgrounds will be supported in postgraduate study with up to £125 million of extra funding, Universities and Science Minister David Willetts announced today.

New student engagement unit to be launched

02 July 2013

A new higher education student engagement partnership unit, hosted by the National Union of Students (NUS), will work to involve students more fully as partners in their own higher education.

Students become social entrepreneurs at Spitalfields Market

26 June 2013

Students from 18 university teams are competing in an ‘Apprentice’-style contest at Spitalfields Market. The event is organised by the University of Bath in association with HEFCE and UnLtd, the Foundation for Social Entrepreneurs.

Additional experts appointed to the REF panels

19 June 2013

The four UK funding bodies have appointed over 200 additional assessors to augment the expertise of the panels that will assess UK universities’ research in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF).

Investment in physics teaching and research in the South East

18 June 2013

The South East Physics network (SEPnet) and HEFCE have announced investment of more than £13 million in physics teaching and research at higher education institutions in the South East over the next five years.

£290 million for new leading edge research facilities

06 June 2013

Five new university and business partnerships are receiving over £290 million of investment in research projects to drive innovation and growth.

Making the most of EU structural and investment funding to support local economic growth

30 May 2013

Universities UK, with HEFCE and the Research Councils, have written to all UK higher education institutions to remind them about accessing future European Union (EU) Structural and Investment Funds, and to ask them how these funds can bring maximum benefits.

HEFCE awards six senior clinical lectureships

29 May 2013

The final six awards from the Senior Clinical Lectureship scheme funded by HEFCE in partnership with local NHS trusts have been allocated. These awards are due to be taken up before 31 July this year.

UK universities contribute to economic growth

23 May 2013

Universities in the UK contributed £3.4 billion to the economy in 2011-12 through services to business, including commercialisation of new knowledge, delivery of professional training and consultancy.

£3.1 million to boost student demand for modern foreign language courses

21 May 2013

HEFCE has announced an additional £3.1 million to support a new programme of activity which will encourage more young people of all backgrounds to study languages at university.

£50 million boost for universities to stimulate UK’s economy

15 May 2013

Some of England’s leading universities will benefit from a £50 million investment in cutting-edge research and innovation projects to drive growth, Minister for Universities and Science David Willetts has announced.

Early evaluation of the Unistats web-site

09 May 2013

Early research into user experiences of the Unistats web-site, published today, shows that it is one of the most widely used higher education course comparison web-sites, and that universities and colleges rose well to the challenge of providing a new data set.

Consultation launched on future arrangements for student number controls

03 May 2013

HEFCE is asking for views on its proposals on controlling student numbers from 2014-15 onwards.

Burden of providing costing information to be reduced

30 April 2013

A review of TRAC (the activity-costing method used by UK universities and colleges) has found strong support for the method across the sector, but suggests some important improvements to streamline the process and save money.

HEFCE’s London base relocates to Holborn

29 April 2013

On Monday 29 April, Brunel University student Jo Rowland officially opened HEFCE’s new London offices in Holborn, Finlaison House. Jo, who is studying for an MSc in Sport Sciences at Brunel, represents Great Britain in the heptathlon.

BIS is seeking to appoint a new member to the HEFCE Board

26 April 2013

The Secretary of State for Business Innovation and Skills (BIS) wishes to appoint a new HEFCE Board member.

Tim Melville-Ross re-appointed as Chair of HEFCE

24 April 2013

David Willetts, Minister for Universities and Science has announced the re-appointment of Tim Melville-Ross as Chair of HEFCE until 2016.

Evaluating impact in the REF

17 April 2013

An evaluation of the rewards and challenges for institutions in preparing submissions detailing the impact of their research for the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) is due to start shortly.

Vacancy on the Jisc Board

16 April 2013

On behalf of all the UK funders of Jisc, we are seeking to appoint a member to the Board of the newly created Jisc (formerly known as the Joint Information Systems Committee, JISC). Jisc is a charity and a company limited by guarantee, owned by higher education and further education sector representative bodies.

Non-continuation rates at English HEIs: Trends for entrants 2005-06 to 2010-11

12 April 2013

A report presenting new data on the non-continuation rates of different groups of students at English higher education institutions (HEIs) has been published today.

Students’ Green Fund

04 April 2013

NUS has been awarded £5 million by HEFCE for a Students’ Green Fund, the four key themes of which will be student participation, partnership, impact and legacy.

HEFCE support for off-shore engineering centre

26 March 2013

Newcastle University is to lead a national centre for sub-sea and offshore engineering as part of a major drive to develop new materials and technologies to explore the world’s oceans. The centre will receive £3 million in HEFCE funding.

Alan Langlands appointed Vice-Chancellor at University of Leeds

25 March 2013

Sir Alan Langlands has been appointed to the post of Vice-Chancellor at the University of Leeds with effect from 1 October 2013 (note 1).

Unistats has received over three million page views since launch

22 March 2013

Since its launch on the 27 September 2012 to the 20 March, the Unistats web-site has received 3,315,620 page views and 171,186 unique visitors – an average of 984 new visitors per day.

HEFCE allocates £4.47 billion to universities and colleges in England for 2013-14

21 March 2013

The Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) will allocate £4.47 billion to 129 universities and higher education colleges and 203 further education colleges for the academic year 2013-14.

HEFCE is looking to appoint new members to its Strategic Advisory Committees

15 March 2013

HEFCE wishes to appoint new members to three of its four Strategic Advisory Committees.

HE sector prepares for future financial challenges

15 March 2013

In the year before the introduction of the new funding arrangements for higher education in England, the sector overall was in a sound financial position, and will remain so in 2012-13. However, 2011-12 saw the first real-terms reduction in total income on record, and forecasts for 2012-13 suggest that the sector will see a sharp fall in surpluses.

Call for evidence to inform national strategy for access and student success

14 March 2013

HEFCE and OFFA are interested to hear from universities and colleges, schools, and any other organisation involved in widening participation in higher education to inform the development of a national strategy for access and student success.

Challenges and opportunities: Impact of the higher education reforms on students, universities and colleges

14 March 2013

The first comprehensive analysis of the impact of the 2012 changes to higher education funding has been published by HEFCE.

Exchanging ways to deliver greater efficiency

11 March 2013

A new ‘Efficiency Exchange’ project will help higher education professionals discover and share innovative ways to deliver greater efficiency and transformation within their universities and colleges.

National strategy for access and student success: interim report

07 March 2013

An interim report on the development of a national strategy to promote fair access and student success in higher education has been published today.

The impact of Widening Participation funding

05 March 2013

A report on the uses and impact of HEFCE’s funding for widening participation (WP) shows that there is widespread agreement that the funding provided by HEFCE has had a significant impact upon WP activity and enhanced outcomes.

Catalyst funding for new Veterinary Clinical Skills Centre at Surrey

28 February 2013

HEFCE has allocated £4.9 million for a Veterinary Clinical Skills Centre as part of the University of Surrey’s School of Veterinary Medicine. The centre is being developed in collaboration with regional and international veterinary research institutes, local veterinary surgeries and global partners. The new school, which will open in 2014, aims to train the multi-disciplinary veterinary leaders of the future.

Call for advice on open access

25 February 2013

HEFCE is inviting advice on developing the four UK funding bodies’ joint policy on open access in the post-2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF).

National strategy for access and student success: interim report

18 February 2013

An interim report on the development of a national strategy to promote fair access and student success in higher education has been published today.

HEFCE funding for higher education 2013-14

07 February 2013

The Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) has announced its high-level funding decisions for higher education in England, following the annual grant letter from the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills and subsequent decisions by the HEFCE Board on 31 January. Allocations to individual universities and colleges will be announced on 21 March.

Latest data on universities’ REF submission intentions

15 January 2013

UK higher education institutions (HEIs) plan to submit the work of a slightly increased number of their staff for assessment in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF), compared to the previous Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) in 2008.

Response to BIS consultation on alternative providers published

23 January 2013

In November 2012, The Department for Business Innovation and Skills (BIS) published a consultation document on applying student number controls to alternative providers with designated courses.

Funding for higher education in England for 2013-14: HEFCE grant letter from BIS

14 January 2013

The Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) and the Minister for Universities and Science have today confirmed funding allocations to HEFCE for 2013-14 and the Government’s priorities for the Council for the coming year.

Delivering a lasting legacy: Universities and colleges to capitalise on Olympic experience

16 January 2013

Following the successful involvement of UK universities and colleges in the London 2012 Olympics and Paralympics, HEFCE has commissioned Podium, the Further and Higher Education Unit for the Olympic Games to help universities and colleges build on their 2012 experience by making their expertise available to other major events.

What do HE students at colleges do next?

09 January 2013

A report published by HEFCE gives comprehensive information for the first time about the destinations of students studying for higher education (HE) qualifications registered at HEFCE-funded further education colleges (FECs) [Notes 1 and 3].

Universities and colleges to comply with research integrity concordat

04 January 2013

HEFCE has launched a consultation that proposes to require each university and college to comply with a set of principles on research integrity if they are to remain eligible for funding to carry out research.