HEFCE closed at the end of March 2018. The information on this website is historical and is no longer maintained.
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 Higher Education Funding Council (HEFCE) has received a letter asking us to look into governance issues concerning the University of Bath’s decision on the retirement terms of its Vice-Chancellor, Professor Dame Glynis Breakwell.
HEFCE has set up a technical advisory group to begin the development of Knowledge Exchange Framework metrics, and is calling for evidence to inform the work of the group.
HEFCE has published a report that shows graduates in the UK have a greater sense of personal wellbeing and life satisfaction than those without a higher education qualification.
Decisions on the Research Excellence Framework provide clarity to the sector on implementation of Lord Stern’s review, following extensive consultation.
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.
HEFCE has published its latest report into the financial health of the higher education sector, based on forecast information from higher education institutions.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Universities Minister, Jo Johnson, has announced the allocation of £20 million to the first round winners of HEFCE’s Connecting Capability Fund competition.
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.
HEFCE wishes to appoint high-calibre individuals to work as panellists and assessors for the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 welcomes the Government’s publication of the specification for subject-level pilots of the Teaching Excellence Framework.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The results of the Teaching Excellence Framework provide a new picture of excellence in teaching and learning in UK higher education.
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.
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.
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, HEFCE’s Director of Research, Education and Knowledge Exchange, has been appointed Executive Chair Designate of Research England.
HEFCE is launching the Connecting Capability Fund, with guidance on the allocation of £100 million to support university collaborations in research commercialisation.
Proposals for the second phase of the Degree Apprenticeships Development Fund should be submitted by noon on Tuesday 6 June 2017.
HEFCE has received confirmation of funding from the Department for Education for the second phase of the Degree Apprenticeship Development Fund.
Four exceptional people are needed to serve as Main Panel Chairs (Designate) in the second Research Excellence Framework (REF).
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.
Jo Johnson MP, Minister of State for Universities, Science, Research and Innovation, has invited HEFCE to support measures to promote student electoral registration.
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.
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).
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.
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).
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.
We are delighted to announce that Professor Dianne Berry, OBE, will chair the Research Excellence Framework Equality and Diversity Advisory Panel.
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.
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.
The number of students studying postgraduate courses in England has increased substantially in 2016-17, following the introduction of postgraduate masters loans.
The Minister of State for Universities, Science, Research and Innovation has confirmed funding allocations to HEFCE for the financial year 2017-18.
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.
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).
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.
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.
HEFCE will fund 33 higher education museums, galleries and collections which provide a unique and significant contribution to research and scholarship
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].
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.