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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 The information on this website is historical and is no longer maintained.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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Executive Summary

Further analysis

Strategy and infrastructure

Research-based interactions

Facilities and equipment

Intellectual property income and expenditure

Numbers of disclosures and patents

Numbers of licences

Spin-offs and staff start-ups

Graduate start-ups

Social enterprises

Estimated employment, turnover and external investment in spin-offs, start-ups and social enterprises

Social, community and cultural activities

Regeneration and development

Continuing professional development and continuing education

Annex A: Summary data by UK, England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland

Comparisons between UK nations

Annex B: IP-related international comparisons

Further notes on Table 8 data

List of abbreviations

Date: 12 October 2017

Ref: 2017/23

To: Heads of HEFCE-funded higher education institutions

Of interest to those
responsible for:

Knowledge exchange; Innovation; Enterprise and entrepreneurship; Interactions between higher education and business, public and third sectors; Contract and collaborative research; Continuing professional development; Public engagement; Strategic planning; Economic development

Enquiries should be directed to:

Hamish McAlpine, Senior Policy Adviser (Knowledge Exchange), tel 0117 931 7293, email