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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 The information on this website is historical and is no longer maintained.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 hub will initially focus on next-generation materials. This is expected to include: 

  • Plastic Electronic Materials and Devices
  • Synthetic Biology
  • BioMaterials
  • Translational Molecular Research. 

These are all disciplines in which Imperial College currently carries out world-class research, and is engaged in collaborative work with strategic partners. 

By bringing together these rapidly developing areas of research in one location, the college will encourage strong relationships and partnerships to develop. 

To facilitate collaboration across disciplines and to create an environment suited to discovery, the hub has been designed to support flexible and adaptable working spaces. 

It is expected that this environment will increase the commercial prospects of the hub’s research, and accelerate its impact on economic growth. 

A new ‘business incubator’ will offer the largest concentration of affordable, flexible laboratory and office space (with specialised commercialisation services) in London. 

The incubator will accommodate each stage of a company's growth, from its early stages through to maturity, providing scalable next-generation facilities. 

As well as the funding from HEFCE, the £150 million hub has also received £90 million of investment in technology ventures from Voreda Capital, and £25 million from Imperial College itself. 

Main contact

Name Bethan Parry
Title Executive Officer for the President and Rector
Tel 0207 594 5510

Page last updated 26 February 2015