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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 The information on this website is historical and is no longer maintained.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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It aims to foster a fast, flexible and adaptable approach to design that will develop highly trained engineers for the future.

The new facility builds on a long-standing relationship between the University of Birmingham and Rolls-Royce. It will receive £20 million from HEFCE matched with £40 million from Rolls-Royce.

The centre will focus on:

  • delivering underpinning casting-materials research, and radical process improvements
  • developing research into ICT tools to enhance product quality and production efficiency.

The centre will also concentrate on educational and professional training. In particular, it will offer opportunities for postgraduates doing masters and doctoral studies.

The facility will create links with the Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC) at Ansty. This will ensure the centre can respond to new industrial challenges and transfer research quickly to multiple industrial partners. 

Main contact

Name Dr Steve Taylor
Title Head of Strategic Research Projects and Partnerships 
Tel 0121 414 8247

Page last updated 26 February 2015