HEFCE Report 00/51
Funding of specialist higher education institutions
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1. This document reports the outcomes of a review of the funding of certain specialist higher education institutions (HEIs). and the principles the HEFCE applies in conducting such reviews.
2. A working group was established by the HEFCE Sector Strategy Committee (SSC) in September 1999 to develop recommendations for the long term funding of a number of the specialist HEIs. The results of that work have been endorsed by the HEFCE Board, and are being incorporated in the funding allocations for the HEIs concerned.
3. The key outcomes from this work are:
- Identification of a set of principles for determining whether, and at what level, to award supplementary funding to specialist HEIs.
- A long term funding approach for specialist HEIs that is consistent with the principles of the mainstream HEFCE teaching funding method.
- A set of criteria to determine eligibility for an institutional premium for specialist music providers, and a single funding level for specialist music providers that meet the criteria.
- A set of criteria to determine eligibility for assigning relevant programmes to price group B for multi-faculty music providers.
- A set of criteria for the Royal College of Art on which to base funding delivered via an institutional premium.
- A review of the provision at Cranfield University resulting in the confirmation of the current institutional premium.
- A review of the provision at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) resulting in the consolidation of Minority Subjects funding into an enhanced institutional premium.
- A review of the provision at the Institute of Education identifying a need for an increase in the funding for teaching to be delivered through an enhanced institutional premium.
- A review of all of the specialist art and design colleges resulting in the extension of the 10 per cent specialist institution premium to cover all of these institutions.
- A commitment to undertake a review the funding of specialist institutions in receipt of premiums in excess of 10 per cent every five years.
4. None: the report is for information.