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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 The information on this website is historical and is no longer maintained.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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In late 2016, HEFCE invited long-term strategies from higher education institutions (HEIs) in receipt of a 2016-17 Higher Education Innovation Fund allocation to submit five-year knowledge exchange (KE) strategies, as the basis for release of future allocations. HEFCE commissioned researchers RSM PACEC to assess and provide advice to HEFCE on the strategies, and to produce an overview report.

This report provides an overview of 97 institutional knowledge exchange strategies, summarising sector-wide developments in determining outcomes and impacts of KE activities, explores current HEI-HEI collaborations. It also examines the drivers, trends, enablers and barriers to KE activities, as reported by HEIs.

The purpose of the report is to feed these insights back to HEIs, highlighting examples of good practice in knowledge exchange.