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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 The information on this website is historical and is no longer maintained.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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Industry is already heavily involved on this site, but this project will aim to double it. The new building will help to achieve this alongside the collaborating university departments and the site’s existing commercial space.

The project will carry out research in the physical sciences in response to the short- and long-term aims of industry. This will build on the site’s core innovative activity.

A £20 million programme of research into the ‘Physics of Sustainability’ will also support the project. This programme takes an original and innovative approach with a remit to take risks beyond the normal scope of research grants.

The project will create laboratory and desk space for research scientists from industry to work alongside the research groups in the building. It will also make techniques for characterising materials and other facilities available to industry, particularly small- and medium-sized enterprises.

The building will house university technology centres and act as a hub for at least two centres for doctoral training.

The new building will provide 4,530 m2 of gross space (3,046 m2 net). With the reconfiguration of adjacent space, it will cost £25.6 million.

Main contact

Name Professor Andy Parker
Title Head of the Department of Physics
Tel 01223 337429

Page last updated 26 February 2015