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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 The information on this website is historical and is no longer maintained.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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The scheme is intended to ensure that higher education responds effectively to the increase in demand for STEM studies by developing facilities that will support an increased flow of highly employable graduates into industry [Note 1].

The successful projects will support growth across a wide range of science, engineering and technology subjects. They include new provision in Chemistry and Physics, which declined during the last decade. Many support new collaborations with industry and sharing of space between subjects to support innovative teaching and improve efficiency.

The projects were recommended by an external panel, which was chaired by Professor Lesley Yellowlees (Provost of Science and Engineering at the University of Edinburgh and until recently President of the Royal Society of Chemistry), and included former vice-chancellors, industry representatives, and estates and equalities experts [Note 2].

Madeleine Atkins, Chief Executive of HEFCE, said:

‘This funding is badly needed by universities and colleges to meet the increased interest in science and engineering. It will also ensure that students benefit from state-of-the-art equipment and laboratories, and are thereby equipped for the workplace of the 21st century.

‘I am particularly pleased to see successful projects across all parts of the country, and the degree to which institutions are focusing their investment to support their local economies and key industry partners.’

Vince Cable, Secretary of State for the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, said:

‘Inspiring young people to take up STEM courses is vital to the success of the UK economy. This investment will mean world-class teaching facilities to build tomorrow's skilled workforce. It's just one way we are ensuring the UK remains a world leader in science and research.’

Based on recommendations made by the external panel, the following institutions will receive an allocation. 

Anglia Ruskin University £5,000,000
Aston University £1,960,649
University of Bath £5,000,000
Bath Spa University £160,000
Birkbeck College £650,000
University of Birmingham £5,000,000
Birmingham City University £5,000,000
University of Bolton £5,000,000
Bournemouth University £5,000,000
University of Brighton £5,000,000
Brunel University £5,000,000
Buckinghamshire New University £487,285
University of Cambridge £2,650,000
Coventry University £4,900,000
University of Central Lancashire £5,000,000
University of Chester £453,171
Cranfield University £5,000,000
University of Cumbria £255,514
University of Derby £5,000,000
Universities of East Anglia and Essex; Joint Provision at University Campus Suffolk £352,578
University of East London £1,200,000
University of Essex £5,000,000
University of Exeter £5,000,000
University of Gloucestershire £308,299
Goldsmiths’ College £227,542
Harper Adams University £243,026
Keele University £3,750,000
University of Kent £5,000,000
King’s College London £2,250,000
Kingston University £1,900,000
Lancaster University £4,315,033
University of Lincoln £5,000,000
Liverpool John Moores University £5,000,000
Loughborough University £5,000,000
University of Manchester £4,999,000
University of Northampton £597,701
Northumbria University Newcastle £3,372,000
University of Nottingham £4,000,000
Nottingham Trent University £5,000,000
Open University £2,774,000
University of Oxford £5,000,000
Oxford Brookes University £4,180,300
Plymouth University £1,212,375
University of Portsmouth £5,000,000
Queen Mary University of London £5,000,000
Royal Holloway, University of London £5,000,000
St George’s, University of London £180,062
University of Salford £2,500,000
University of Sheffield £4,875,190
Sheffield Hallam University £5,000,000
University of Southampton £5,000,000
Staffordshire University £5,000,000
University of Sunderland £2,650,000
University of Surrey £5,000,000
University of Sussex £4,900,000
University of West London £345,280
University of Worcester £368,245
University of York £5,000,000
York St John University £111,837
Accrington and Rossendale College £26,676
Askham Bryan College £32,019
Bedford College £77,668
Blackburn College £196,413
Blackpool and the Fylde College £497,037
Central College Nottingham £62,521
Gloucestershire College £72,900
Leicester College £37,055>
The Manchester College £170,508
Moulton College £126,352
North Lindsey College £116,500
Solihull College £49,000
South Tyneside College £200,000
Trafford College £40,039


  1. ‘STEM teaching capital funding 2015-16’ (HEFCE 2014/14).
  2. The Assessment Panel comprised the following members:
    • Chair: Professor Lesley Yellowlees, University of Edinburgh
    • Professor Mark Cleary, former Vice-Chancellor of the University of Bradford
    • Professor Caroline Gipps, former Vice-Chancellor of the University of Wolverhampton
    • Dr David Grant, former Vice-Chancellor of the University of Cardiff
    • Professor Neva Haites, University of Aberdeen
    • Gary Jebb, Director of Estates, University of Edinburgh
    • Matthew Harrison, Buro Happold
    • Ann Brown, Nationwide