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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 The information on this website is historical and is no longer maintained.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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The Centre for Translational and Interdisciplinary Research aims to: 

  • translate basic research in life sciences into clinical use through early-stage drug discovery and partnership with industry
  • provide state-of-the-art and accessible research infrastructure to communities of academics and small- and medium-sized enterprises
  • foster new areas of interdisciplinary activity
  • develop mutually beneficial partnerships with key funding agencies and industry. 

Funding for the Centre will be used to support key changes in infrastructure. It will create and equip a 5197 m2 addition to the College of Life Sciences and refurbish 485 m2 of adjacent space. 

This will: 

  • double the size and capacity of the university’s Drug Discovery Unit, which adds considerable value to bioscience discoveries through small molecule drug discovery
  • juxtapose mathematical biology, theoretical physics, bioinformatics, data analysis and software development, to generate innovative thinking and tackle systems-level problems relating to biology, drug discovery and scientific processes for storing and retrieving medical information
  • create a Centre for Quantitative Proteomics, integrating expertise in cell biology, mass spectrometry, proteomics, ‘big-data’ analytics and computer science, to exploit the potential of the human genome project for healthcare and the development of safer drugs
  • create an in-house biotech spin-out ‘pre-incubator’, where fledgling spin-out companies can be nurtured before reaching critical mass and spinning-out completely.

Read the blog 'Tearing down walls to build the future' on how UKRPIF funding has helped the Discovery Centre flourish.

Main contact

Name Mike Ferguson
Title Regius Professor of Life Sciences & Dean of Research, College of Life Sciences 
Tel 01382 384219

Page last updated 20 September 2017