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Annual funding allocations

In winter the Government tells us how much money we will have to allocate to institutions. In March we announce the grant for the following academic year to each university and college that we fund. This announcement is the first in a three-stage process, and much of the teaching grant is allocated based on institutions’ forecast student numbers. We then adjust and finalise the allocations over the following two years, as we receive more up-to-date data.

‌Funds for 2013-14

In March 2013 we announced initial allocations of grant for 2013-14 for each university and college that we fund.

Allocations for 2013-14 will be adjusted in March 2014 and finalised in 2015 in light of the end-of-year individualised student data for 2013-14.

The total HEFCE grant available for the 2013-14 academic year is £4,472 million.

Figures in the adjacent chart are correct as of March 2013.

Click to see a full-size version of the chart.

Documents for institutions

In March 2013 each institution received a set of individualised grant tables along with a grant letter and technical guidance which gives a comprehensive explanation of the contents of the tables.

In July 2013 institutions will received their funding agreements for 2013-14.

In October 2013, institutions received an updated set of tables, incorporating any changes since the March announcement. These tables include changes to:

  • mainstream teaching funding where the total change to an institution’s teaching grant exceeds 20 per cent or £20,000, whichever is the higher
  • student opportunity (SO) funding
  • other targeted allocations
  • research funding
  • student number control allocations.

Reasons for these changes are set out in the letter to institutions.

Teaching funding: three-stage process

We are implementing an iterative three-stage process to calculate and review teaching funding allocations for each year. This aims to balance the need to pay grant from August, before student numbers are known, with the need to ensure, in the interests of fairness and accountability, that allocations finally reflect actual numbers of old- and new-regime students in the year.

For the academic year 2013-14, this comprises:

  • an initial allocation in March 2013, using forecast 2013-14 student FTEs submitted in the 2012 Higher Education Students Early Statistics (HESES) or Higher Education in Further Education: Students (HEIFES) survey. 
  • an adjusted allocation in March 2014, using updated 2013-14 student FTEs submitted by institutions in the 2013 HESES/HEIFES survey
  • a final allocation in 2015, using student numbers from the 2013-14 individualised student data reported to the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) or from the Individualised Learner Record (ILR) reported to the Data Service. 

Student number control

In January we wrote to each institution providing a provisional student number control allocation and details of how we had determined this. In February we wrote to institutions confirming limits incorporating any places awarded through the 'core and margin' policy and the result of any appeal.

There are a number of important changes to the student number control arrangements for 2013-14 following our consultation on arrangements for 2013-14 and beyond. In particular, institutions have more flexibility, which allows them some limited scope to exceed their student number control allocation without this resulting in a reduction to their HEFCE grant; and the exemptions list has been expanded so that more students do not count against the student number control allocation.

Note on available documents

The recurrent grant tables differ slightly for higher education institutions and further education colleges but the grant tables given below are for the sector as a whole.

Queries from institutions should be addressed to the HEFCE higher education policy adviser for their institution.


October 2013 announcement


July 2013 announcement


March 2013 announcement


Higher education institutions

Grant letter to higher education institutions

Download the HEI_cover as PDF (111 KB) | Download the HEI_cover as MS Word (82 KB)

Annex to grant letter to higher education institutions – 2013-14 initial allocations

 | Download the 1314Ini_HEI_annex as MS Word (237 KB)

Technical guidance for higher education institutions – 2013-14 initial allocations

Download the 1314Ini_HEI_guidance as PDF (670 KB) | Download the 1314Ini_HEI_guidance as MS Word (686 KB)


Further education colleges

Grant letter to further education colleges

Download the FEC_cover as PDF (109 KB) | Download the FEC_cover as MS Word (80 KB)

Annex to grant letter to further education colleges – 2013-14 initial allocations

Download the 1314Ini_FEC_annex as PDF (270 KB) | Download the 1314Ini_FEC_annex as MS Word (204 KB)

Technical guidance for further education colleges – 2013-14 initial allocations

Download the 1314Ini_FEC_guidance as PDF (593 KB) | Download the 1314Ini_FEC_guidance as MS Word (644 KB)

Grant letter to further education colleges that we did not directly fund in 2012-13

Download the FEC_new_for_13-14_cover as PDF (161 KB) | Download the FEC_new_for_13-14_cover as MS Word (83 KB)

Annex to grant letter to further education colleges that we did not directly fund in 2012-13 – 2013‑14 initial allocations

Download the 1314Ini_new_FECs_for_13-14_annex as PDF (369 KB) | Download the 1314Ini_new_FECs_for_13-14_annex as MS Word (238 KB)


Sector as a whole

Tables showing grants for the higher education sector as a whole

Download the sector_tables_1314 as MS Excel Spreadsheet (285 KB)

Recurrent grants for 2013-14 by government region

Download the regional_tables_1314 as MS Excel Spreadsheet (170 KB)

Breakdown of targeted and other teaching allocations 

Download the 2013-14 Breakdown of targeted and other teaching allocations (March 2013) as MS Excel Spreadsheet (172 KB)

‌2011-12 Rates of funding for March 2013 allocations 

Download the 2011-12_rates_of_funding as MS Excel Spreadsheet (1,209 KB)


Student number control for 2013-14

Provisional student number control for 2013-14 (letter to institutions 18 January 2013)

Download the SNC_letter_18_January_2013 as PDF (224 KB) | Download the SNC_letter_18_January_2013 as MS Word (384 KB)

Annexes B to E of provisional student number control for 2013-14 (letter to institutions 18 January 2013)

Download the SNC_letter_18_January_2013_Annexes_BE as PDF (363 KB) | Download the SNC_letter_18_January_2013_Annexes_BE as MS Word (202 KB)

Student number control for 2013-14 (letter to institutions 28 February 2013)

Download the HEI_Final_SNC_limit_2013-14_letter as PDF (103 KB) | ‌‌

2013-14 Student number control allocations

Download the 2013-14_SNC as MS Excel Spreadsheet (92 KB)


Student number control allocations for individual institutions (March 2013)

  • 2013-14 SNC allocations for individual higher education institutions
  • 2013-14 SNC allocations for individual further education colleges

Teaching funding

Funding elementInitial 2013-14 allocations (March 2013): Total (in £million)
Funding for old-regime students (phase-out of mainstream and employer co-funded teaching grant) 1,424
Funding for new-regime students in high-cost subjects 330
Student opportunity funding 332
Other targeted allocations and recurrent teaching grants 240
Total  2,325

Funding for old-regime students

Funding for old-regime students shows subject-based funding for old-regime students who started their studies before 1 September 2012.

High-cost funding for new-regime students

High-cost funding for new-regime students shows subject-based funding for new-regime students in high-cost subjects (price groups A to C1 for undergraduates, and price groups A to C2 for postgraduates).

Student Opportunity

A new allocation of funding for student opportunity has been created, replacing the allocations previously provided for widening participation and improving retention within teaching enhancement and student success.

The allocation comprises elements to recognise the extra costs associated with recruiting and supporting students from disadvantaged backgrounds currently under-represented in higher education (£88 million), widening access and improving provision for disabled students (£15 million) and improving the retention of students most at risk of not completing (£224 million).

Research funding

Funding elementTotal (in £millions)
Mainstream QR grant £1,018
 London weighting on mainstream QR  £32
 Research degree programme (RDP) supervision fund  £240
 Charity support element £198
 Business research element £64
Research libraries  £6

Our mainstream QR funding is allocated selectively according to quality. The documents below provide a more detailed breakdown of these funds.

We have also provided the source data we have used to calculate mainstream QR funding for 2010-11, 2011-12, 2012-13 and 2013-14.

Quality-related funding data 2013-14

Mainstream QR funding and Research degree programme (RDP) supervision funding, broken down by institution and subject

Download the resdata1314 as MS Excel Spreadsheet (425 KB)

QR business research fund and QR charity support fund, broken down by institution

Download the businesscharity1314 as MS Excel Spreadsheet (41 KB)

Mapping between UOA, research cost weight, teaching price group and cost centre

Download the mapping_rae2008 as MS Excel Spreadsheet (35 KB)

Data sources for mainstream QR funding

Download the Data sources for mainstream QR funding as PDF (32 KB) | Download the Data sources for mainstream QR funding as MS Word (87 KB)

An example of the calculation of quality-weighted volume used in the 2013-14 mainstream QR funding method

Download the quality_weighted_volume as MS Excel Spreadsheet (30 KB) 

The QR funding data for years prior to 2013-14 are available.


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