Response to HEFCE university funding allocations

Research funding allocations reward ambition and excellence.
Alliance universities see an increase of 31% to their HEFCE research funding.

The Higher Education Funding Council for England has today announced how it will be distributing £3.97bn to universities. Of this, £1.6bn is for quality-related research funding. Alliance universities have today seen a 31% increase in their mainstream quality-related research grant. This follows a significant increase in their world-leading research in the recent Research Excellence Framework (REF).

On the £1,558 million quality-related research funding allocations, Maddalaine Ansell said,
“This funding is vital for keeping UK universities at the forefront of global research. The dual-support system of funding – the balance of funding specific research projects and block grants to universities from HEFCE – works. It supports a dynamic research ecosystem and allows universities to invest in emerging, and sometimes unanticipated, areas of knowledge.

“Funding excellence wherever it is found drives quality.

“We are delighted that Alliance universities will receive an uplift of 31% in research funding. Their excellence in research with a practical, applied edge led to a significant increase in research power in the recent Research Excellence Framework. This is testament to the excellence, innovation and responsiveness of their researchers. Alliance universities are ambitious and will continue to deliver world-leading research with and for industry, the public and third sectors and wider society.”


Full details of the funding can be found on the HECFE website –,103785,en.html

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