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 The information on this website is historical and is no longer maintained.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.
Postgraduate students at more than 40 universities will receive support through the HEFCE Postgraduate Support Scheme, a £25 million publicly-funded programme.
At least £100 million to develop research facilities across the UK will encourage collaboration and support excellent research.
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.
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.
UnLtd, HEFCE, universities and entrepreneurship support organisations across England will build a sustainable system of support for social entrepreneurs.
HEFCE, whose funding supports university museums in England, welcomes the publication of ‘Impact and engagement: University museums for the 21st century’.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills has appointed Graeme Osborn to the HEFCE Board, with specific responsibility for the student interest.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The terms and conditions for payment of HEFCE grants to universities and colleges are to be revised. HEFCE is consulting on proposed changes.
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.
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.
The Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) and Health Education England (HEE) are consulting on the supply of pharmacy graduates in England.
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).
A report presenting indicators for higher education in English further education colleges (FECs), including the first publication of employment indicators, has been published.
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.
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 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.
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.
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 CBE, Vice-Chancellor of Coventry University, has been appointed Chief Executive of the Higher Education Funding Council for England.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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).
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.
Five new university and business partnerships are receiving over £290 million of investment in research projects to drive innovation and growth.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
David Willetts, Minister for Universities and Science has announced the re-appointment of Tim Melville-Ross as Chair of HEFCE until 2016.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
The first comprehensive analysis of the impact of the 2012 changes to higher education funding has been published by HEFCE.
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.
An interim report on the development of a national strategy to promote fair access and student success in higher education has been published today.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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].
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.