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  1. HEFCE Annual Conference Tim Melville-Ross Chair Royal Holloway, University of London 1 and 2 April 2009

  2. Current issues • Widening participation • Employer engagement • STEM • Capital funding • Regulation • HEFCE’s role • Taking the planning process forward. • The 2008 RAE • Research issues going forward • The recurrent grants • Learning and teaching • Knowledge transfer • Future funding • Growth and ASNs

  3. The 2008 RAE (1) • UK research remains at the forefront in the world… • 17% submitted activity assessed as world leading (4*) • 37% assessed as internationally excellent (3*) • 9% of submissions contained at least 50% 3* and 4* with the rest internationally recognised.

  4. The 2008 RAE (2) • Strength across the sector… • 150 of 159 HEIs have at least 5% world leading research in at least one of their submissions • …as well as in depth… • 24 institutions have at least 40% of research activity in 3* or 4* in all of their submissions.

  5. Recurrent grants • £7,994 million available for 2009-10 • Overall cash increase of 4% • £4,782 million teaching funding, up 2.5% • Total research funding of £1,572 million, up 7.7% • Reduction in special funding from £411 million in 2008-09 to £316 million in 2009-10.

  6. Future funding ‘HEFCE provides QR research funding to English universities. The CSR07 allocations are: £1,444 million in 2008-09; £1,509 million in 2009-10; and £1,634 million in 2010-11. The 2010-11 figures are indicative and will be finalised in early 2010’ David Lammy, House of Commons, 16 March 2009

  7. Employer engagement • £99.4 million allocated to support infrastructure developments • 10,700 new co-funded places for 2008-09; 15,900 for 2009-10 • Average rate of employer co-funding in 2009-09 just over 30% • 60 lead universities and FE colleges delivering co-funded provision • Economic Challenge Investment Fund launched, £50 million – half from HEFCE.

  8. STEM subjects • £350 million six year demand raising and capacity building programme • Additional £25 million per annum continues for very high cost laboratory subjects • Signs of success in accepted UCAS applicants in 2007-08 compared to 2006-07: • Physics and chemistry both increased by 3.2% • Maths increased by 8.3% • Engineering increased by 8.5%

  9. Key issues • The importance of having an intermediary body • Maintaining the autonomy of the sector • Managing change in an age of uncertainty