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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.
The results of the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF), announced today, demonstrate the world-leading quality of research conducted in UK universities. For the first time in an exercise of this kind, the REF also highlights the wide-ranging and significant benefits that UK research brings to the economy and society.
The UK research system is world class, delivering significant impact and substantial benefits for our economy and society.
New HEFCE research based on the Intentions After Graduation Survey (IAGS) 2013 shows that over half of graduates who plan to go onto postgraduate study end up not doing so because of finance issues.
HEFCE has published a review of the use and impact of its quality-related research (QR) funding, which demonstrates the irreplaceable value universities place on this income stream.
The Government has confirmed the 73 universities and colleges that will receive a share of £200 million funding for science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) teaching capital projects during 2015-16.
We welcome the Business, Innovation and Skills Committee's endorsement of the importance of HEFCE’s support for higher education knowledge exchange through Higher Education Innovation Funding (HEIF).
New research by HEFCE looks for the first time at how students on UK higher education programmes delivered overseas move on to first degree courses delivered in England.
Research from universities across the South of England could be commercialised and turned into successful businesses faster than ever before, thanks to a multi-million pound project announced today (November 26) by Minister for Universities and Science, Greg Clark MP.
Higher education institutions (HEIs) are working together to build a national ‘ecosystem’ of support for social entrepreneurs through a series of new partnerships announced by HEFCE and UnLtd, the Foundation for Social Entrepreneurs.
HEFCE is providing funding for the Student Engagement Partnership (TSEP) to support, develop and promote student engagement activity in the higher education sector in England.
HEFCE welcomes the statement of the UK’s expert knowledge exchange practitioner bodies on universities’ principles and practices in managing their intellectual assets (Note 1).
A Quality Assessment Review Steering Group has been established, consisting of representatives from the higher education sector including the National Union of Students [Note 1].
A review of the financial health of higher education institutions published by HEFCE concludes that the higher education sector in England faces significant financial challenges over the next three years.
A new university and business partnership is receiving £35 million of public investment in research to drive innovation and growth.
HEFCE welcomes the final report of the City Growth Commission (Note 1), including its specific analysis of the role of universities (Note 2).
HEFCE’s January 2013 grant letter from the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills highlighted the lack of diversity among institutional governing bodies, and the relatively low proportions of women, people from a black or minority ethnic group and disabled people in senior management positions in the higher education sector. It asked HEFCE to continue working with the sector and Equality Challenge Unit to address these longstanding issues.
The higher education (HE) funding bodies in England, Wales and Northern Ireland [Note 1] are to seek views on future approaches to the assessment of quality in higher education [Note 2]. Based on the feedback we receive, we will then invite tenders under a joint procurement exercise. This will ensure transparency and demonstrate value for money.
HEFCE has published new data exploring the link between economic growth and higher education provision. The interactive data toolkit identifies ‘cold spots’ in higher education provision and participation across England.
HEFCE has received the results of the most recent Efficiency Measurement Model survey, through which universities report on the efficiencies achieved through improved procurement methods.
HEFCE is announcing three dedicated calls for bids to the Catalyst Fund, in line with its own and government priorities. The Catalyst Fund enables HEFCE to deliver its strategic aims for higher education in research, teaching and knowledge exchange. These calls for expressions of interest cover three specific areas.
HEFCE is committed to working with universities, colleges and others to ensure as far as possible that disabled students are properly supported to succeed in their studies and in future employment.
Funding announced today by the Chancellor will support the construction of a Graphene Engineering Innovation Centre (GEIC) at the University of Manchester. The GEIC will play a key role in exploiting and maintaining the UK’s world-leading position in graphene and related 2-D materials.
New HEFCE analysis shows that the proportion of students entering postgraduate (PG) research degrees with a prior PG qualification has increased from 33 per cent to 59 per cent over the last 12 years [Note 1].
HEFCE has today published its first register of higher education providers. An authoritative reference point for a wide range of users, the register describes the powers that providers regulated in England have, and the controls that apply to them.
A new data centre, funded with £900,000 from HEFCE, will open up high-performance computing at a reasonable price to a consortium of universities and research institutes under a five-year agreement.
A further £100 million is being allocated across the UK to develop research facilities to encourage collaboration and support excellent research.
HEFCE welcomes the new streamlined guidance for the Transparent Approach to Costing (TRAC) published by the TRAC Development Group (TDG). This will apply for reporting from the academic year 2014-15 onwards.
The satisfaction rate for students studying at UK universities and colleges has hit a 10-year high, with 86 per cent saying they are satisfied overall with their course, in this year's National Student Survey (NSS).
HEFCE has published interactive data on the trends in employment of staff in the higher education sector for the ten years, 2003-04 to 2012-13. 2012-13 is the first year in which detailed information on job types is available.
This report, which was commissioned by the HEA at HEFCE’s request, reflects our commitment to independent review and evaluation of our work.
The percentage of full-time students remaining in higher education after their first year is at an all-time high according to HEFCE figures published today.
HEFCE has published a large amount of interactive data on the current and future supply of graduates and postgraduates in all subjects.
A report published today by HEFCE and OFFA [Note 1] shows that in 2012-13 universities and colleges in England significantly increased their investment in measures to widen access and improve success among students from low income and other under-represented groups.
Three new university and business partnerships are receiving a total of £50 million of public investment in research projects to drive innovation and growth.
The first large-scale analysis of the National Student Survey (NSS) looks at trends in the responses of more than 2 million final-year students over nine years [Note 1]. Overall student satisfaction has increased, but there is considerable variation between subjects of study, and between different student characteristics such as ethnicity.
Birkbeck, University of London, has received £1.47 million from the HEFCE Catalyst Fund to explore innovative approaches and opportunities for combining work and study.
Following an evaluation of the first three rounds of the HEFCE Revolving Green Fund, which confirmed the effectiveness of the scheme, a further £34 million will be invested.
A total of 55 academic staff have been awarded National Teaching Fellowships, the most prestigious awards for excellence in higher education teaching and support for learning.
British universities have long been world leaders in research and teaching and the last decade has seen them rise to the challenges and opportunities of the knowledge economy.
The four UK higher education funding bodies and Research Councils UK (RCUK) have written to the heads of all UK higher education institutions inviting input into the science and innovation strategy.
GreenPad is a project at Staffordshire University to create environmentally sustainable housing stock within the private rental sector, for students to rent through the students' union letting service.
On behalf of the steering group for the independent review of the role of metrics in research assessment, HEFCE has launched a call for evidence to gather views and evidence relating to the use of metrics in research assessment and management.
A new report and toolkit set out practical steps to enable this to happen.
The Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) today publishes a new report, ‘Pressure from all sides: Economic and policy influences on part-time higher education’ [Note 1]. It shows that the sharp decline in part-time study since 2010-11 in publicly-funded higher education is likely to have been influenced by the recession, its aftermath, and public policy changes.
HEFCE welcomes the renewed commitment by Government to the importance of funding for excellence in science, as announced by the Chancellor of the Exchequer.
The fall in part-time higher education study since 2009 is overwhelmingly concentrated in undergraduate qualifications other than first degrees. The much smaller reduction in full-time study in 2012-13 is in these qualifications.
A new web-site to help UK and international prospective postgraduate students find the right higher education courses for them is to be developed by the four UK higher education funding bodies [Note 1].
The ‘State of the Relationship’ report by the National Centre for Universities and Business, sets out the important and varied relationships between universities and businesses.
‘Higher education in England 2014: Analysis of latest shifts and trends’ highlights some of the changes affecting students, courses, and universities and colleges.
HEFCE is fully committed to working with universities, colleges and others to ensure as far as possible that when these changes to the DSA come into effect in 2015-16, those students most in need are properly supported and are able to succeed in their studies and in future employment.
A research report published by HEFCE describes the achievements and challenges for universities in acting as ‘anchors’ of the economy and society.
A national strategy developed by the Office for Fair Access (OFFA) and the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) to ensure that all those with the potential to benefit from higher education have equal opportunity to participate and succeed, has been published by the Government.
David Willetts, Minister for Universities and Science, has asked HEFCE to review the role of metrics in research assessment and management.
How to better understand decision-making behaviour and thus support students making choices about whether, what and where to study in higher education.
A report released today by the National Centre for Universities and Business (NCUB) and funded by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) has found that being able to adapt to change and perform different functions adds significant value to the specialist knowledge of graduates.
HEFCE and the other three UK funding bodies have published details of a new policy for open access relating to future research assessments after the current 2014 REF.
The most comprehensive study of its kind, published by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE), reveals the significant effect of factors such as ethnicity, gender, disadvantage and school type on the chances of students obtaining an upper second or first class degree in higher education.
The Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) will allocate £3.88 billion to 130 universities and higher education colleges and 212 further education colleges for the academic year 2014-15.
New guidance aims to help universities and colleges in England present information about income and expenditure on their web-sites in a way that is transparent and accessible to current students and the general public.
An independent survey has found that HEFCE is considered by its stakeholders to be highly respected, trusted and approachable [Note 1]. And 80 per cent are satisfied with their relationship with HEFCE – an overall improvement since previous surveys were undertaken in 2009 and 2007 [Note 2].
Green Dragons is a scheme by the City University London Students’ Union (CULSU) to encourage City students to identify opportunities, big or small, to improve sustainability at the university or in the local community, create solutions and bring new projects to life. Members of staff are also invited to participate.
The Government's response to the Witty Review shines a spotlight on the role of universities as anchors of local and national growth.
A review of university and college finances published by HEFCE concludes that the higher education sector in England was in sound overall financial health in 2012-13, and will remain so in 2013-14. However, the forecasts for 2013-14 do not reflect further significant funding reductions announced in the Government’s grant letter to HEFCE in February 2014.
The Students’ Green Unit at the University of Exeter is an innovative two-year project funded by the NUS Students’ Green Fund, which enables students to encourage changes in behaviour by proposing and leading projects that engage with ethical and environmental issues.
The deadline for submissions to the Research Excellence Framework (REF) was 29 November 2013. All 155 higher education institutions that intended to participate in the REF made their submissions by the deadline. Initial submissions data were reported on 5 December.
The Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) and the Minister for Universities and Science have today confirmed funding allocations to the Higher Education Council for England (HEFCE) for financial year 2014-15.
OFFA and HEFCE will not be requesting strategies for access and student success from higher education providers as planned.
A HEFCE report which analyses the latest Participation of Local Areas classification (known as POLAR3) concludes that neighbourhood wards are an accurate geography by which to measure young participation rates in higher education (HE).
HEFCE and OFFA wrote to all HEFCE-funded institutions in November 2013 to inform them that we would be publishing guidance for Strategies for Access and Student Success (SASS) on Thursday 23 January. HEFCE also previously said it intended to notify institutions of their provisional student number control allocations for 2014-15 on Friday 24 January.
HEFCE is consulting on proposals to support widening participation in higher education through networks for collaborative outreach.
HEFCE has launched a new project to investigate the issues regarding open access publishing of monographs and other long-form scholarly works. The project, being undertaken in partnership with the Arts and Humanities Research Council and the Economic and Social Research Council, aims to identify and draw together a body of evidence concerning monographs and open access publishing.
In April 2013, HEFCE announced funding of £5 million to help students to engage with their universities and colleges to promote sustainable development. The Students’ Green Fund will enable students to work with their institutions to make universities and colleges even greener. It is managed by the National Union of Students. Over the next few months, we will feature a selection of the 25 projects which have been funded.
In October 2013 the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) issued a call for information on the higher education (undergraduate) sector in England.