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New web tool launched to promote university-business collaboration

14 November 2017

A new online platform to promote and enable university-business collaboration, konfer, has been officially launched by Professor Sir Mark Walport, Chief Executive Designate of UK Research and Innovation. Including well over a million pieces of data including research, researchers, facilities, equipment, funding and support, the online tool has been designed to help businesses find opportunities for collaboration.

Financial health of the higher education sector: managing financial pressures and uncertainty

26 October 2017

HEFCE has published its latest report into the financial health of the higher education sector, based on forecast information from higher education institutions.

Universities and colleges receive £1.8 million to tackle hate crime and online harassment

16 October 2017

Over 40 universities and colleges in England have been awarded funding totalling £1.8 million from HEFCE to improve responses to hate crime and online harassment on campus.

Analysis shows value of innovative development projects in higher education

12 October 2017

A review of a HEFCE programme which funds development projects in the higher education sector has found significant benefits for students, the economy and society, with funding expected to return up to £12 in value for every pound invested.

University knowledge exchange at the heart of the Industrial Strategy

12 October 2017

HEFCE has welcomed the Universities Minister Jo Johnson’s praise for the success of Higher Education Innovation Funding and the important contribution it will make to delivering the Government’s Industrial Strategy across the country.

Universities grow knowledge exchange activity for the benefit of businesses and communities

12 October 2017

Knowledge exchange activity on the part of UK universities continued to grow in 2015-16. Income from knowledge exchange in England grew by 3 per cent, with income across the UK reaching a record £4.2 billion in total, according to HEFCE’s annual ‘Higher Education – Business and Community Interaction’ report.

Winning university collaborations deliver the Industrial Strategy across the country

12 October 2017

The Universities Minister, Jo Johnson, has announced the allocation of £20 million to the first round winners of HEFCE’s Connecting Capability Fund competition.

Universities and colleges across England to work on 27 new degree apprenticeship development projects

05 October 2017

In the second phase of the Degree Apprenticeship Development Fund managed by HEFCE, 27 projects have been awarded a total of £4.9 million to develop new degree apprenticeships. The projects, and the 63 universities and colleges involved, have now been announced.

Seeking panel members and assessors for the Teaching Excellence Framework

18 September 2017

HEFCE wishes to appoint high-calibre individuals to work as panellists and assessors for the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF).

UKRPIF funding of £220 million available to develop leading-edge research facilities

15 September 2017

Round 6 of the UK Research Partnership Investment Fund will make £220 million available to universities across the UK for the development of leading-edge research facilities that support collaboration and excellent research. Interested universities need to submit an initial notification by 10 November 2017.

Chris Millward appointed as the Director for Fair Access and Participation in the Office for Students

08 September 2017

HEFCE has welcomed the appointment of Chris Millward as the Director for Fair Access and Participation in the Office for Students, the new regulatory body for the higher education sector.

Research Excellence Framework 2021: applications invited for sub-panel chairs

01 September 2017

The UK’s higher education funding bodies are seeking research experts from diverse backgrounds to serve as sub-panel chairs in the second Research Excellence Framework. The application process is open now, and closes at 12 noon on 11 October 2017.

Government announcement on expansion of undergraduate medical education: HEFCE response

09 August 2017

The Government has responded to their consultation on expanding undergraduate medical education.

National Student Survey 2017 results show high levels of student satisfaction and engagement

08 August 2017

HEFCE has published the results of the 2017 National Student Survey. Over 300,000 final-year students took part in the survey, around 68 per cent of those eligible. Of these, 84 per cent were satisfied with the overall quality of their courses.

Significant progress by higher education sector in working to prevent people being drawn into terrorism

31 July 2017

Higher education (HE) providers in England are making good progress in fulfilling their statutory duty under the Government’s Prevent policy to have due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism.

HEFCE to run pilots of Teaching Excellence Framework assessments at subject level

20 July 2017

HEFCE welcomes the Government’s publication of the specification for subject-level pilots of the Teaching Excellence Framework.

Additional £40 million for HEIF in support of the Industrial Strategy

10 July 2017

The Higher Education Innovation Fund (HEIF) is to receive an additional £40 million per annum from 2017-18, to boost universities’ capacity to collaborate with businesses, commercialise their research and help to deliver the Government’s Industrial Strategy.

REF Main Panel Chairs announced

10 July 2017

The four Main Panel Chairs for the next Research Excellence Framework have been confirmed.

Nine university and business research projects awarded funding totalling £177 million

10 July 2017

Nine research projects led by UK universities have been awarded funding totalling £177 million by HEFCE, in the latest investments through the UK Research Investment Partnership Fund.

Nicola Dandridge named as first Chief Executive designate of the Office for Students

05 July 2017

HEFCE has welcomed the appointment of Nicola Dandridge as Chief Executive designate of the Office for Students, the new regulatory body for the higher education sector.

Insights on equality and diversity for the next REF

29 June 2017

Analysis of statements submitted for the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014 has highlighted the prevalence of institution-level initiatives and a strong focus on gender, along with wider evidence that can feed into development of the assessment approach for REF 2021.

Research England is seeking members for its first Council

28 June 2017

UK Research and Innovation wishes to appoint up to ten members for the first Council of Research England.

New assessment highlights excellence of teaching and learning across UK universities and colleges

21 June 2017

The results of the Teaching Excellence Framework provide a new picture of excellence in teaching and learning in UK higher education.

Upcoming UK-wide survey on the delivery of funders’ open access policies

20 June 2017

HEFCE, Jisc, the Wellcome Trust and Research Councils UK (RCUK) are to launch a survey to enhance their understanding of how the higher education sector is delivering funders’ open access policies.

Good practice in research commercialisation: Request for evidence

15 June 2017

HEFCE has issued a request for evidence on existing good practice and key issues in research contracting.

Longitudinal Education Outcomes (LEO) data published

13 June 2017

The Longitudinal Education Outcomes (LEO) data is a set of official experimental statistics on employment and earnings outcomes of higher education graduates by degree subject studied and university attended.

REF Equality and Diversity Advisory Panel announced

23 May 2017

The Research Excellence Framework team, on behalf of the four UK higher education funding bodies, is pleased to confirm the membership of the REF Equality and Diversity Advisory Panel.

David Sweeney to become Executive Chair Designate of Research England

21 April 2017

David Sweeney, HEFCE’s Director of Research, Education and Knowledge Exchange, has been appointed Executive Chair Designate of Research England.

Collaborating to commercialise: Funding for universities to deliver the Industrial Strategy

19 April 2017

HEFCE is launching the Connecting Capability Fund, with guidance on the allocation of £100 million to support university collaborations in research commercialisation.

Invitations now open for the phase 2 of the Degree Apprenticeship Development Fund

12 April 2017

Proposals for the second phase of the Degree Apprenticeships Development Fund should be submitted by noon on Tuesday 6 June 2017.

Funding confirmed for the second phase of the Degree Apprenticeship Development Fund

10 April 2017

HEFCE has received confirmation of funding from the Department for Education for the second phase of the Degree Apprenticeship Development Fund.

Interdisciplinary Research Advisory Panel announced

10 April 2017

Professor Dame Athene Donald will chair the Research Excellence Framework Interdisciplinary Research Advisory Panel.

Research Excellence Framework 2021: applications invited for Main Panel Chairs

03 April 2017

Four exceptional people are needed to serve as Main Panel Chairs (Designate) in the second Research Excellence Framework (REF).

Quality settlement between Ofsted and HEFCE for apprenticeships

03 April 2017

The launch of the Institute for Apprenticeships includes confirmation of a quality settlement between Ofsted and HEFCE that agrees responsibility for the quality assessment of apprenticeships delivered by higher education (HE) providers between Levels 4 and 7.

Promoting student electoral registration

31 March 2017

Jo Johnson MP, Minister of State for Universities, Science, Research and Innovation, has invited HEFCE to support measures to promote student electoral registration.

Financial health of the higher education sector: a variable picture

23 March 2017

The report ‘Financial health of the higher education sector: 2015-16’ shows a financially sound position overall. However, there is significant and increasing variation in the financial performances of individual institutions, with the main financial strength remaining in a small number of them.

Department of Health consultation on expansion of undergraduate medical education

14 March 2017

The Department of Health (DH) has today launched a consultation on how to maximise the benefits to the taxpayer and the NHS arising from increases in the numbers of medical school places to take place from academic year 2018-19 (Note 1).

Universities and colleges receive £2.45 million to tackle sexual harassment

13 March 2017

HEFCE has awarded grants to over 60 projects in universities and colleges across the country which address concerns about sexual violence and harassment on campus.

Science and Technology Select Committee endorses HEFCE's support for university research commercialisation

13 March 2017

The House of Commons Science and Technology Committee has today published a report following its inquiry into the role of universities in commercialising their research (Note 1).

£7.5 million to tackle barriers to student success

09 March 2017

Seventeen projects, involving 64 higher education providers, will receive up to £500,000 each from HEFCE’s Catalyst Fund over two years to address differences in student outcomes.

Interdisciplinary policy and practice: Conference report published

08 March 2017

A report has been published about a conference on policy and practice for interdisciplinary research across the UK.

Prof Dianne Berry to chair REF equality panel

08 March 2017

We are delighted to announce that Professor Dianne Berry, OBE, will chair the Research Excellence Framework Equality and Diversity Advisory Panel.

Improving student information: Unistats 2017 and Guide to good practice

06 March 2017

HEFCE has published a guide for higher education providers on the information they should publish to help prospective students make decisions about what and where to study.

Six new members appointed to HEFCE Board

06 March 2017

HEFCE today welcomed the appointment of six new Board members: Martin Coleman, Gurpreet Dehal, Katherine Lander, Professor Carl Lygo, David Palfreyman and Professor Steven West.

Postgraduate and undergraduate student numbers at record highs

02 March 2017

The number of students studying postgraduate courses in England has increased substantially in 2016-17, following the introduction of postgraduate masters loans.

Funding for higher education in England for 2017-18: HEFCE grant letter from the Department for Education

23 February 2017

The Minister of State for Universities, Science, Research and Innovation has confirmed funding allocations to HEFCE for the financial year 2017-18.

Chair of Office for Students appointed

07 February 2017

HEFCE welcomes the announcement today by Justine Greening, Secretary of State for Education, that Sir Michael Barber is the Government’s preferred candidate to be the first chair of the new regulator for higher education, the Office for Students.

Professor Sir Mark Walport named as first chief executive of UKRI

02 February 2017

The Minister for Universities, Science, Research and Innovation, Jo Johnson, has announced that Professor Sir Mark Walport will be the Chief Executive Designate of UK Research and Innovation (UKRI).

299 universities and colleges take part in Year Two of the Teaching Excellence Framework

27 January 2017

Following the deadline for applications to Year Two of the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) on 26 January 2017, a total of 299 universities, colleges and alternative providers of higher education have chosen to participate.

Annual procurement survey - responses invited

27 January 2017

The latest survey designed to measure the levels of efficiency and effectiveness in the higher education sector – the procurement efficiency measurement model (EMM) survey – is currently open.

Strong progress on preventing terrorism

18 January 2017

Higher education providers are making clear progress in implementing the new statutory Prevent duty, according to a report published by HEFCE.

HEFCE to invest £10.7 million per year for university museums, galleries and collections

17 January 2017

HEFCE will fund 33 higher education museums, galleries and collections which provide a unique and significant contribution to research and scholarship

Manager and deputy appointed to lead development of second Research Excellence Framework

16 January 2017

HEFCE, on behalf of the four funding bodies [Note 1], is pleased to announce the first appointments to the team that will develop and implement the next Research Excellence Framework (REF) [Note 2].

£52 million awarded to leading-edge research projects in engineering and the social sciences

05 January 2017

Imperial College London and the London School of Economics are the first universities to receive funding for their research projects in the fifth round of the UK Research Partnership Investment Fund. The two outstanding projects will receive £52 million of investment in 2018-19 and 2019-20, to drive innovation and support the UK’s economic growth.

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