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Message from Alan Langlands, Chief Executive (February 2013)

05 February 2013

In January I attended a London Higher roundtable discussion at the British Medical Association, in which issues of interest and concern for London’s higher education sector were discussed. A subsequent meeting with the Scottish Funding Council addressed issues of relevance to Scottish higher education including how targeted support might be provided for specific areas of postgraduate provision in Scottish institutions.

Following the receipt of our annual grant letter from the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, the HEFCE Board met on 31 January to discuss funding for universities and colleges in 2013-14. We will shortly announce high-level funding decisions for higher education in England in the forthcoming academic year.

HEFCE will continue to support a high-quality learning experience for all students. In 2013-14, we will distribute £2.3 billion to fund teaching at higher education institutions. The reduced level of this funding compared with a year ago reflects the fact that many students being funded under the old fee and funding regime have now completed their studies. For new-regime students, who have access to tuition fee loans delivered through the Student Loans Company, we are concentrating HEFCE funding on areas where tuition fees cannot fully support costs, or where the public interest is served by giving additional support to vulnerable provision.

For research during the 2013-14 period we will maintain the same cash level as our allocations for each of the past two academic years, at £1.6 billion. In addition we will distribute £160 million to fund knowledge exchange through Higher Education Innovation Funding (HEIF), an increase of £10 million over last year.

Provisional allocations of student numbers for universities and colleges in 2013-14 were made in January. The outcomes of any appeals will be decided in February, and final figures will be published alongside institutions’ individual funding allocations on 21 March.

To guide people through some of the aspects of student number control, we have published an online guide to HEFCE’s student numbers and high grades policy.

Page last updated 5 February 2013

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