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The Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) promotes and funds high-quality, cost-effective teaching and research in universities and colleges in England.
Our mission is to promote internationally excellent higher education in Wales, for the benefit of individuals, society and the economy, in Wales and more widely.
The Scottish Further and Higher Education Funding Council (SFC) is the body that distributes funding for teaching and learning, research and other activities in Scotland’s colleges and universities. There are 43 colleges and 20 higher education institutions funded by SFC.
UK Higher Education Information
Higher Education Information Database for Institutions (HEIDI) is a web-based management information service that provides easy access to a rich source of quantitative data about higher education.
Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA ) is the central source for the collection and dissemination of statistics about publicly funded UK higher education.
Leadership Foundation for Higher Education
The Leadership Foundation provides a dedicated service of support and advice on leadership, governance and management for all the UK’s universities and Higher Education colleges.
Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education - our mission is to safeguard the public interest in sound standards of higher education qualifications and to inform and encourage continuous improvement in the management of the quality of higher education.
The Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) assesses the quality of research in universities and colleges in the UK enabling the higher education funding bodies to distribute public funds for research selectively on the basis of quality.
Research Councils UK (RCUK) is a strategic partnership through which the UK’s eight Research Councils work together to champion the research, training and innovation they support.
The 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) is the new process for assessing research in UK Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) and is the successor to the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) .
The Society for Research into Higher Education is a UK-based international learned society concerned to advance understanding of higher education, especially through the insights, perspectives and knowledge offered by systematic research and scholarship. The Society aims to be the leading international society in the field, as to both the support and the dissemination of research.
UCAS is the central organisation that processes applications for full-time undergraduate courses at UK universities and colleges.
Universities UK is the representative body for the executive heads of UK universities and is recognised as the umbrella group for the university sector. It works to advance the interests of universities and to spread good practice throughout the higher education sector. Universities UK is a Company limited by guarantee with charitable status.
Information for University Administrators
The Association of University Administrators is the professional body for higher education administrators and managers in the UK and the Republic of Ireland. It is an open and accessible body.
JISC's (Joint Information Systems Committee) mission is to provide world-class leadership in the innovative use of Information and Communications Technology to support education and research. JISC funds a national services2 portfolio (e.g. JANET) and a range of programmes3 (e.g. e-Learning innovation programme) and projects4 (e.g. Independent radio news archive digitisation).
The National Academic Mailing List Service, known as 'JISCmail', is one of a number of JANET services provided by JANET(UK) (www.ja.net) and funded by the JISC (www.jisc.ac.uk) to benefit learning, teaching and research communities. The Science and Technology Facilities Council (www.scitech.ac.uk) currently operates and develops the JISCmail service on behalf of JANET(UK).
UCISA represents the whole of higher education in the provision and development of academic, management and administrative information systems, providing a network of contacts and a powerful lobbying voice.
League Tables and University Guides
The Times Higher Education Supplement
Higher education jobs, news and books for university and college professionals in teaching and research, from The Times Higher Education Supplement. You need to subscribe to access full text and other services.
Government Information and Reports
Department for Business, Enterprise & Regulatory Reform (BERR).The new Department leads work to create the conditions for business success through competitive and flexible markets that create value for businesses, consumers and employees. It drives regulatory reform, and works across Government and with the regions to raise levels of UK productivity.The Department brings together functions from the former Department of Trade and Industry, including responsibilities for productivity, business relations, energy, competition and consumers, with the Better Regulation Executive (BRE), previously part of the Cabinet Office.
On 28 June 2007, the Government created the new Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills (DIUS). The new Department will deliver the Government’s long-term vision to make Britain one of the best places in the world for science, research and innovation. It will ensure that the UK has the skilled workforce it needs to compete in the global economy.
The Department is headed by Rt Hon John Denham MP, the first Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills. He will promote effective investment in research, science, innovation and skills, putting these at the heart of the Government’s competitiveness strategy.
The European Union On-Line. Europa provides an access to information (press releases, legislation, fact-sheets) published by the European Union and its institutions: European Parliament, Council of the EU, European Commission, Court of Justice, Court of Auditors, Economic and Social Committee, Committee of the Regions, European Central Bank, European Investment Bank, Agencies and other Bodies.
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The role of the National Audit Office (NAO) is to audit the financial statements of all government departments and agencies, and many other public bodies. They also report to Parliament on the value for money with which these bodies have spent public money. As well as providing accountability to Parliament, we aim to bring about real improvements in the delivery of public services.
The Office of Science and Innovation (OSI) supports the Government in developing and implementing its domestic and foreign policies for science and innovation.
Parliament works on behalf of the UK public. It examines and questions the Government, and its Members can act on your behalf. The public are welcome to contact individual MPs, Lords and parliamentary offices and departments.
The purposes of the United Nations, as set forth in the Charter, are to maintain international peace and security; to develop friendly relations among nations; to cooperate in solving international economic, social, cultural and humanitarian problems and in promoting respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms; and to be a centre for harmonizing the actions of nations in attaining these ends.
Local sites for Wales
The county of Cardiff is the largest in Wales in terms of population and the Council delivers services to approximately 320,000 people. Cardiff, along with all other Welsh Local Authorities, operates on a modernised executive structure. Councillors that have been elected to the Executive have a range of additional responsibilities over and above their duties as councillors.
icWales - Western Mail & Echo source of information for Wales
National Assembly for Wales
The National Assembly for Wales is the representative body with legislative powers in devolved areas. It has sixty elected members and meets in the Senedd.
Welsh Assembly Government
The Welsh Assembly Government is the devolved government for Wales. Led by the First Minister, it is responsible for many issues, including health, education, economic development, culture, the environment and transport.