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Government announcement on expansion of undergraduate medical education: HEFCE response

09 August 2017

The Government has responded to their consultation on expanding undergraduate medical education.

National Student Survey 2017 results show high levels of student satisfaction and engagement

08 August 2017

HEFCE has published the results of the 2017 National Student Survey. Over 300,000 final-year students took part in the survey, around 68 per cent of those eligible. Of these, 84 per cent were satisfied with the overall quality of their courses.

Significant progress by higher education sector in working to prevent people being drawn into terrorism

31 July 2017

Higher education (HE) providers in England are making good progress in fulfilling their statutory duty under the Government’s Prevent policy to have due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism.

HEFCE to run pilots of Teaching Excellence Framework assessments at subject level

20 July 2017

HEFCE welcomes the Government’s publication of the specification for subject-level pilots of the Teaching Excellence Framework.

Additional £40 million for HEIF in support of the Industrial Strategy

10 July 2017

The Higher Education Innovation Fund (HEIF) is to receive an additional £40 million per annum from 2017-18, to boost universities’ capacity to collaborate with businesses, commercialise their research and help to deliver the Government’s Industrial Strategy.

Nine university and business research projects awarded funding totalling £177 million

10 July 2017

Nine research projects led by UK universities have been awarded funding totalling £177 million by HEFCE, in the latest investments through the UK Research Investment Partnership Fund.

REF Main Panel Chairs announced

10 July 2017

The four Main Panel Chairs for the next Research Excellence Framework have been confirmed.

Nicola Dandridge named as first Chief Executive designate of the Office for Students

05 July 2017

HEFCE has welcomed the appointment of Nicola Dandridge as Chief Executive designate of the Office for Students, the new regulatory body for the higher education sector.

Insights on equality and diversity for the next REF

29 June 2017

Analysis of statements submitted for the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014 has highlighted the prevalence of institution-level initiatives and a strong focus on gender, along with wider evidence that can feed into development of the assessment approach for REF 2021.

Research England is seeking members for its first Council

28 June 2017

UK Research and Innovation wishes to appoint up to ten members for the first Council of Research England.

New assessment highlights excellence of teaching and learning across UK universities and colleges

21 June 2017

The results of the Teaching Excellence Framework provide a new picture of excellence in teaching and learning in UK higher education.

Upcoming UK-wide survey on the delivery of funders’ open access policies

20 June 2017

HEFCE, Jisc, the Wellcome Trust and Research Councils UK (RCUK) are to launch a survey to enhance their understanding of how the higher education sector is delivering funders’ open access policies.

Good practice in research commercialisation: Request for evidence

15 June 2017

HEFCE has issued a request for evidence on existing good practice and key issues in research contracting.

Longitudinal Education Outcomes (LEO) data published

13 June 2017

The Longitudinal Education Outcomes (LEO) data is a set of official experimental statistics on employment and earnings outcomes of higher education graduates by degree subject studied and university attended.

REF Equality and Diversity Advisory Panel announced

23 May 2017

The Research Excellence Framework team, on behalf of the four UK higher education funding bodies, is pleased to confirm the membership of the REF Equality and Diversity Advisory Panel.

David Sweeney to become Executive Chair Designate of Research England

21 April 2017

David Sweeney, HEFCE’s Director of Research, Education and Knowledge Exchange, has been appointed Executive Chair Designate of Research England.

Collaborating to commercialise: Funding for universities to deliver the Industrial Strategy

19 April 2017

HEFCE is launching the Connecting Capability Fund, with guidance on the allocation of £100 million to support university collaborations in research commercialisation.

Invitations now open for the phase 2 of the Degree Apprenticeship Development Fund

12 April 2017

Proposals for the second phase of the Degree Apprenticeships Development Fund should be submitted by noon on Tuesday 6 June 2017.

Funding confirmed for the second phase of the Degree Apprenticeship Development Fund

10 April 2017

HEFCE has received confirmation of funding from the Department for Education for the second phase of the Degree Apprenticeship Development Fund.

Interdisciplinary Research Advisory Panel announced

10 April 2017

Professor Dame Athene Donald will chair the Research Excellence Framework Interdisciplinary Research Advisory Panel.