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Latest news and events from HEFCE are listed by year in date order.

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£75 million investment in removing barriers to postgraduate study

02 July 2013

Students from disadvantaged backgrounds will be supported in postgraduate study with up to £125 million of extra funding, Universities and Science Minister David Willetts announced today.

New student engagement unit to be launched

02 July 2013

A new higher education student engagement partnership unit, hosted by the National Union of Students (NUS), will work to involve students more fully as partners in their own higher education.

Students become social entrepreneurs at Spitalfields Market

26 June 2013

Students from 18 university teams are competing in an ‘Apprentice’-style contest at Spitalfields Market. The event is organised by the University of Bath in association with HEFCE and UnLtd, the Foundation for Social Entrepreneurs.

Additional experts appointed to the REF panels

19 June 2013

The four UK funding bodies have appointed over 200 additional assessors to augment the expertise of the panels that will assess UK universities’ research in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF).

Investment in physics teaching and research in the South East

18 June 2013

The South East Physics network (SEPnet) and HEFCE have announced investment of more than £13 million in physics teaching and research at higher education institutions in the South East over the next five years.

£290 million for new leading edge research facilities

06 June 2013

Five new university and business partnerships are receiving over £290 million of investment in research projects to drive innovation and growth.

Making the most of EU structural and investment funding to support local economic growth

30 May 2013

Universities UK, with HEFCE and the Research Councils, have written to all UK higher education institutions to remind them about accessing future European Union (EU) Structural and Investment Funds, and to ask them how these funds can bring maximum benefits.

HEFCE awards six senior clinical lectureships

29 May 2013

The final six awards from the Senior Clinical Lectureship scheme funded by HEFCE in partnership with local NHS trusts have been allocated. These awards are due to be taken up before 31 July this year.

UK universities contribute to economic growth

23 May 2013

Universities in the UK contributed £3.4 billion to the economy in 2011-12 through services to business, including commercialisation of new knowledge, delivery of professional training and consultancy.

£3.1 million to boost student demand for modern foreign language courses

21 May 2013

HEFCE has announced an additional £3.1 million to support a new programme of activity which will encourage more young people of all backgrounds to study languages at university.

£50 million boost for universities to stimulate UK’s economy

15 May 2013

Some of England’s leading universities will benefit from a £50 million investment in cutting-edge research and innovation projects to drive growth, Minister for Universities and Science David Willetts has announced.

Early evaluation of the Unistats web-site

09 May 2013

Early research into user experiences of the Unistats web-site, published today, shows that it is one of the most widely used higher education course comparison web-sites, and that universities and colleges rose well to the challenge of providing a new data set.

Consultation launched on future arrangements for student number controls

03 May 2013

HEFCE is asking for views on its proposals on controlling student numbers from 2014-15 onwards.

Burden of providing costing information to be reduced

30 April 2013

A review of TRAC (the activity-costing method used by UK universities and colleges) has found strong support for the method across the sector, but suggests some important improvements to streamline the process and save money.

BIS is seeking to appoint a new member to the HEFCE Board

26 April 2013

The Secretary of State for Business Innovation and Skills (BIS) wishes to appoint a new HEFCE Board member.

Tim Melville-Ross re-appointed as Chair of HEFCE

24 April 2013

David Willetts, Minister for Universities and Science has announced the re-appointment of Tim Melville-Ross as Chair of HEFCE until 2016.

Evaluating impact in the REF

17 April 2013

An evaluation of the rewards and challenges for institutions in preparing submissions detailing the impact of their research for the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) is due to start shortly.

Vacancy on the Jisc Board

16 April 2013

On behalf of all the UK funders of Jisc, we are seeking to appoint a member to the Board of the newly created Jisc (formerly known as the Joint Information Systems Committee, JISC). Jisc is a charity and a company limited by guarantee, owned by higher education and further education sector representative bodies.

Non-continuation rates at English HEIs: Trends for entrants 2005-06 to 2010-11

12 April 2013

A report presenting new data on the non-continuation rates of different groups of students at English higher education institutions (HEIs) has been published today.

Students’ Green Fund

04 April 2013

NUS has been awarded £5 million by HEFCE for a Students’ Green Fund, the four key themes of which will be student participation, partnership, impact and legacy.

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