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The Government has published a response to Dame Ann Dowling's Review of business-university collaborations, reaffirming its long-term commitment to knowledge exchange.
A survey of the intentions of nearly 140,000 graduates finds few differences between what students from different backgrounds plan to do after graduation, but does find differences in how likely they are to fulfil their ambitions. The introduction of postgraduate loans might help to close the gap.
HEFCE has published an overview of the teaching qualifications held by academic staff in HEFCE-funded higher education institutions in 2014-15, as collected by the Higher Education Statistics Agency.
The four UK funding bodies for higher education have published a joint consultation on the arrangements for research assessment in a second Research Excellence Framework.
HEFCE has announced a new programme to increase participation in higher education across England, the National Collaborative Outreach Programme.
Sixty-seven universities and colleges have been awarded £2.8 million to develop small-scale experimental innovations in learning and teaching.
The Prime Minister has announced an additional £2 billion government investment per year for research and development by the end of this Parliament as part of the Government’s Industrial Strategy.
The latest financial forecasts submitted by higher education institutions to HEFCE show an increase in variability and a widening gap in the financial performance of individual institutions.
New degree apprenticeships are set to open the door to careers in everything from nursing to construction and food manufacturing, thanks to a multi-million pound fund.
The four higher education funding bodies, Universities UK and GuildHE are pleased to announce that Professor Andrew Wathey CBE, Vice-Chancellor of Northumbria University, has been appointed as Chair of the new UK-wide Standing Committee for Quality Assessment.
Approximately 27,000 students will be invited to take part in a new longitudinal study, the National Mixed Methodology Learning Gain Project, which involves 10 English universities. The project forms a key element of HEFCE’s wider programme of work on learning gain, which aims to understand how students’ knowledge and skills develop during the course of their degree.
Higher education providers are now invited to apply for Year Two of the Teaching Excellence Framework. HEFCE has released guidance and metrics to support providers, and announced further details of panel members and assessors.
HEFCE announces today a comprehensive package of support to keep English university knowledge exchange (KE) operating at world class standard [Note 1]. The package forms the next steps in delivery of the knowledge exchange performance framework, outlined in the higher education White Paper [Note 2].
HEFCE is today publishing guidance on arrangements for Annual Provider Review (APR) in 2016-17 (Note 1). The APR is a key element of the revised operating model for quality assessment, which is designed to be proportionate, risk-based and grounded in the context of an individual university or college.
Most graduates are happy with the choices they made when they went to university, according to a report published by HEFCE. In general though, students from ethnic minority groups are less satisfied.
Following the publication of Lord Stern’s Independent Review of the Research Excellence Framework and confirmation from the Minister for Universities, Science, Research and Innovation, Jo Johnson, HEFCE will work with the other UK higher education funding bodies to develop the next Research Excellence Framework (REF).
HEFCE welcomes the Chancellor’s announcement on 1 October of new funding of £120 million to promote university collaboration to engage business effectively with the most promising technologies, and to incentivise university-business collaboration further.
The UK higher education funding bodies have launched a new National Student Survey (NSS) for 2017.
HEFCE and Research Councils UK have published a review of the interdisciplinary research landscape in the UK, supported by a report examining 10 institutional case studies in English universities.
A group of research funders, sector bodies and infrastructure experts are working in partnership to promote the responsible use of research metrics.
HEFCE has appointed members to the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) panel including academics, students, employers and widening participation experts.
A report from a group of university experts (Note 1) has presented evidence confirming the international competitiveness of UK university technology transfer practice.
Evidence shows that three-and-a-half years after leaving university 97 per cent of graduates were in employment or further study, but differences persist across demographic groups.
This year’s survey of interaction between UK universities and business shows that the total value of knowledge exchange interaction between UK universities and their partners across the economy has risen by over 6 per cent to £4.2 billion in 2014-15 (from £3.9 billion in 2013-14).
We welcome the Government’s safeguards to funding announced on Saturday to maintain the UK's status as a world leader in science, research and innovation.
The results of this year’s National Student Survey show a high level of satisfaction among students studying at UK higher education institutions (HEIs), further education colleges (FECs) and alternative providers, with 86 per cent saying they are satisfied overall with their course.
On behalf of the UK higher education funding bodies HEFCE has published the outcomes of the recent consultation on changes to the National Student Survey, Unistats and information provided by institutions.
Four of the UK’s leading research organisations have launched a concordat that proposes a series of clear and practical principles for working with research data.
We welcome the findings of Lord Stern’s independent review of the Research Excellence Framework and its recognition of the importance of the REF in assessing the quality of research, providing accountability and benchmarking, and in supporting strategic decision making nationally and in institutions.
This report looks at transitions from first degree qualification from English higher education institutions (HEIs) to postgraduate study. It considers students’ first instance of postgraduate enrolment and looks at trends across one-year, three-year and five-year transition periods. Multiple instances of postgraduate study are also considered, focusing on the route taken to reach graduates’ highest level of postgraduate study.
A report for HEFCE by Digital Science reveals the scholarly significance of research underpins its societal impact.
HEFCE’s plans to prepare for implementation of the Year Two TEF are under way, following the launch of the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) technical consultation.
Projects at 20 universities have been shortlisted to proceed to the full bid stage of the UK Research Partnership Investment Fund (UKRPIF), to take forward leading-edge research in major capital developments.
HEFCE has launched a consultation on proposals for future investment to support widening access, successful student outcomes, including progression to taught postgraduate study.
Two reviews published by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, looking at employment outcomes among science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) graduates, find that responsibility for improving these outcomes needs to be shared between higher education providers, employers and students.
The Government’s White Paper aims to put in place a simpler and more efficient higher education and research system which encourages competition and choice, drives up quality, and ensures greater accountability and value for money (Note 1).
Leaders from universities and local authorities will be working together on a pilot project designed to help areas drive growth, re-design public services and strengthen the relationship between communities and academic institutions.
HEFCE is pleased to announce preferred bidders following an exercise to procure quality assessment services for the new operating model for quality assessment in higher education in England.
We are delighted to announce that Diane Lees CBE, Director-General of Imperial War Museums, will chair the review of HEFCE’s Museums, Galleries and Collections Fund.
HEFCE is publicly announcing the funding for 131 higher education institutions and 213 further education colleges for the academic year 2016-17.
HEFCE has been asked by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) to manage the Degree Apprenticeship Development Fund.
A new four-year outreach programme will help meet the Prime Minister’s challenging goal to double the participation of students from disadvantaged backgrounds entering higher education by 2020.
HEFCE’s latest annual review of university and college finances concludes that the higher education sector in England was in sound overall financial health in the academic year 2014-15. However, it warns of an increased variability in the performance of individual institutions, with the gap between the lowest- and highest-performing on financial measures continuing to grow.
HEFCE has today published a revised operating model for quality assessment in higher education in England. It heralds the next phase of the Quality Assessment Review initiated by DELNI, HEFCE and HEFCW in October 2014 as part of each funding body’s statutory responsibility for quality assessment in higher education [Note 1].
Following decisions taken at the HEFCE Board meeting on 9 March, HEFCE will invest £3.7 billion in recurrent and capital funding for universities and colleges in the academic year 2016-17.
A total of 28 projects, involving 32 universities and colleges, will receive £1.7 million to develop a range of engineering and computer science conversion courses.
The Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills and the Minister for Universities and Science have today confirmed funding allocations to the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) for financial year 2016-17.
Susan Lapworth has been appointed as Director, Regulation and Assurance. She takes over this role following Heather Fry’s retirement from HEFCE.
A report on higher education performance indicators highlights that further education colleges (FECs) continue to achieve higher proportions of entrants from backgrounds where people have traditionally not participated in higher education (known as low-participation neighbourhoods), when compared with higher education institutions (HEIs).
A review of professional doctorates, ‘Provision of professional doctorates in English HE institutions’ was commissioned by HEFCE and carried out by the Careers Research & Advisory Centre Ltd and the University of Brighton.