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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 The information on this website is historical and is no longer maintained.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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Due to open in 2016, it will be housed in a brand new, four-storey £37 million building, providing the University and Unilever with private laboratory and office space, and shared access to an advanced high throughput characterisation and measurement suite. The facility will provide a modern research environment designed to facilitate collaboration, networking and knowledge exchange. 

Within the building design, provision has been made to accommodate other users on a flexible, open-access basis. Companies will be able to use the shared equipment set and access the talent contained within the building to develop fundamental innovations in manufacturing at the molecular level and create new materials with step-change functional enhancement in a range of important applications. 

It will help accelerate research and reduce new product discovery times, helping to drive economic growth and UK competitiveness in a range of sectors. 

Specifically it will encompass: 

  • energy
  • home and personal care
  • pharmaceuticals
  • genomics
  • food and drink
  • paints and coatings
  • bio manufacturing.

Main contact

Name Professor Steve Holloway
Title Executive Pro Vice Chancellor, Faculty Science & Engineering 
Tel 0151 794 2020

Page last updated 26 February 2015