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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 The information on this website is historical and is no longer maintained.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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Revolving Green Fund 4

RGF4 was launched in 2014 and builds on the successes of rounds one to three.

HEFCE has undertaken this round of funding as a partnership with Salix Finance Ltd. Salix is an independent, publicly funded company. It provides the public sector with repayable grants for projects that improve energy efficiency and reduce carbon emissions.

Salix provided half of the funding for this round. The collaboration has allowed us to make RGF4 the largest round of the fund to date, providing a further £29 million in recoverable grants to the higher education sector. HEFCE and the institutions awarded funding benefit from Salix’s expertise in this field.

Read more about Salix’s involvement with the RGF.

Funding was made available for HEIs to bid for projects which achieve cost savings and reduce carbon emissions. Funds were targeted in two areas:

  • small-scale energy efficiency programmes
  • large-scale projects which may be retrofit, new technology, or other projects such as space rationalisation which meet the objectives of the fund.

We have allocated funding to 33 small-scale projects and 10 large projects.

Large projects


Bath Spa University

Carbon Reduction Programme, Phase 2 via an EPC (Energy Performance Contract) 

University of Birmingham

Installation of a second Combined Heat and Power (CHP) unit in the University’s energy centre                                               

University of Bradford

The Bradford Energy Quarter

University of Cambridge

CHP Plant at Cambridge Biomedical Campus

University of Hull 

Replacement of boilers and Building Energy Management System

Leeds Beckett University

City Campus Boiler House Reconfiguration

University of Nottingham

Medical School Carbon Reduction Programme (Chilled water plant)                                              

Nottingham Trent University

Clifton Science CHP                                    

University of Sheffield

Western Bank CHP Scheme

University of the West of England, Bristol

District Heating for the University’s Frenchay campus  Masterplan

Institutions funded for small projects

Download the RGF4_small_projects as PDF (56 KB)

Page last updated 3 August 2015