HEW Weekly Wrap Up 5 September 2014

News – HEFCE – UK Research Partnership Investment Fund round 4

A further £100million is being allocated across the UK to develop research facilities to encourage collaboration and support excellent research. Following on from the first three rounds of the UK Research Partnership Investment Fund (UKRPIF), the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) is inviting proposals from UK universities for large scale projects (a minimum of £10million from UKRPIF) that can attract twice as much funding from private sources. Expressions of interest are to be submitted to HEFCE by 10 October 2014. Details are available on the HEFCE website.


WHEB – Plaid Cymru visit to Brussels

This week, Welsh Higher Education Brussels (WHEB) met with members of the Plaid Cymru shadow cabinet and Jill Evans MEP as part of the Plaid Cymru study visit to Brussels. WHEB outlined the work of the office and was joined by Richard Tuffs, director of the European Regions Research & Innovation Network (ERRIN), of which WHEB is a member. Discussions included the first calls of Horizon2020 in Wales, engaging with Brussels decision-makers and synergies between Structural Funds and Horizon2020. WHEB also promoted its future activities including the planned reception to promote the ASTUTE project at the British ambassador’s residence in Brussels in October 2014.


Publication – HEFCW – Changes to the Strategic Engagement process from 2014/15

The Higher Education Funding Council for Wales (HEFCW) has published circular W14/36HE which details revisions to HEFCW’s process for Strategic Engagement with institutions (which largely relate to Strategic Planning) following consultation with the sector in May 2014.


Appointments – HEFCE Board members

The Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) wishes to appoint two new members to the HEFCE Board. BIS would particularly welcome applications from women and people with disabilities, and from black and minority ethnic backgrounds, to improve the representation of these groups on the board. Details are available on the HEFCE website. The closing date is 8 October 2014.