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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 The information on this website is historical and is no longer maintained.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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Professor Madeleine Atkins, Chief Executive of HEFCE, said:

‘The Government’s productivity plan stresses that addressing UK shortfalls in intermediate and advanced professional and technical skills is imperative for our economic future. Higher education has a strong interest in this agenda. Technical education is part of the ladder of opportunity that needs to lead into higher education to ensure the country uses all its talents inclusively and that prosperity is spread.

‘HEFCE’s Catalyst Fund supports innovative step-change projects that can influence the wider higher education sector through dissemination. This project supports the role of the university in providing the technical and professional qualifications needed in the economy, which will be delivered through the apprenticeships model combining employment with high quality learning.

‘HEFCE is pleased to support the Sheffield project from our Catalyst Fund, addressing as it does our priorities to support the Government’s productivity plan, including links with Catapults, technical education and anchor role of universities.’ 


Read the University of Sheffield's announcement, 'University of Sheffield announces pioneering degree level apprenticeships'.

Read our recent blog post about the Government’s productivity plan

More information about HEFCE's Catalyst Fund.