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In March 2014 each institution received a set of individualised final 2012-13 grant tables along with a grant letter and technical guidance which gives a comprehensive explanation of the contents of the tables.

In October 2014, institutions received an updated set of final 2012-13 tables, incorporating any changes since the March announcement, along with a publication ‘Recurrent grants for 2012-13: Final allocations’.

Three stages for teaching funding

From 2012-13, we have calculated and reviewed teaching funding allocations for each year in three stages.  This balances the need to pay grant from August, before student numbers are known, with the need to ensure that allocations finally reflect actual numbers of students in the year.

For the academic year 2012-13, this comprises:

  • An initial allocation in March 2012
    This uses forecast 2012-13 student numbers submitted in the 2011 Higher Education Students Early Statistics (HESES) or Higher Education in Further Education: Students (HEIFES) survey.
  • An adjusted allocation in March 2013
    This uses updated 2012-13 student numbers submitted by institutions in the 2012 HESES/HEIFES survey.
  • A  final allocation in 2014
    This uses student numbers from the 2012-13 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

The Government set out in its White Paper, 'Students at the Heart of the System', new policies for controlling student numbers in higher education from 2012-13. For 2012-13, students with entry qualifications equivalent to or higher than AAB at A-level (AAB+ equivalent students) were no longer subject to control and a 'margin' of 20,000 places has been created by reducing the 'core' numbers of institutions. These margin places have been redistributed through a bidding exercise open only to those institutions charging an average tuition fee (after fee waivers) of £7,500 or less. We consulted on our approach to implementing the Government's policies and invited bids for margin places.

In January 2012 we wrote to each institution providing details of our approach and a provisional limit. In March 2012 we wrote to institutions confirming limits incorporating any places awarded through the margin bidding exercise and the result of any appeal.

The July 2012 funding agreements with accompanying grant tables may have contained changes to student number control limits for individual institutions to reflect, for example, transfers of provisions between institutions for 2012-13.

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 (HEPA) for their institution. Contact details are available in our searchable staff list.

October 2014 announcement

Covering letter to institutions

Download the October 2014 grant letter template as PDF (183 KB) | Download the October 2014 grant letter template as MS Word (251 KB)

Allocations of recurrent funding for 2012-13: final allocations – summary tables

Download the October_Table_1_2012-13_final as MS Excel Spreadsheet (148 KB)

Tables showing grants for the higher education sector as a whole 

Download the October_sector_grant_tables_2012-13 as MS Excel Spreadsheet (101 KB)

Recurrent grants for 2012-13 by Government region

Download the October_regional_tables_2012-13 as MS Excel Spreadsheet (182 KB)

Rates of funding for October 2014 and March 2015 allocations

Download the Rates_of_funding as MS Excel Spreadsheet (487 KB)

March 2014 announcement

Higher education institutions

Grant letter to higher education institutions

Download the HEI_finalcover as PDF (137 KB) | Download the HEI_finalcover as MS Word (341 KB)

Technical guidance for higher education institutions – 2012-13 final allocations

Download the HEI_technical_guidance_201213 as PDF (352 KB) | Download the HEI_technical_guidance_201213 as MS Word (490 KB)


Further education colleges

Grant letter to further education colleges

Download the FEC_finalcover as PDF (137 KB) | Download the FEC_finalcover as MS Word (341 KB)

Technical guidance for further education colleges – 2012-13 final allocations

Download the FEC_technical_guidance_201213 as PDF (319 KB) | Download the FEC_technical_guidance_201213 as MS Word (504 KB)


Sector as a whole

Allocations of recurrent funding for 2012-13  - Final summary tables

Download the 201213_final_summary_tables as MS Excel Spreadsheet (123 KB)

Tables showing grants for the higher education sector as a whole

Download the 201213_final_sector_as_whole as MS Excel Spreadsheet (101 KB)

Recurrent grants for 2012-13 by government region

Download the 201213_government_region as MS Excel Spreadsheet (162 KB)

2011-12 Rates of funding for March 2014 allocations

Download the 201112_rates_funding as MS Excel Spreadsheet (347 KB)


Final 2012-13 grant tables (March 2014) for individual institutions

Final 2012-13 grant tables for individual higher education institutions

Final 2012-13 grant tables for individual further education colleges

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 – 2012-13 adjusted allocations

Download the 1213Adj_HEI_annex as PDF (226 KB) | Download the 1213Adj_HEI_annex as MS Word (169 KB)

Technical guidance for higher education institutions – 2012-13 adjusted allocations

Download the 1213Adj_HEI_guidance as PDF (376 KB) | Download the 1213Adj_HEI_guidance as MS Word (539 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 – 2012-13 adjusted allocations

Download the 1213Adj_FEC_annex as PDF (220 KB) | ‌

Technical guidance for further education colleges – 2012-13 adjusted allocations

Download the 1213Adj_FEC_guidance as PDF (365 KB) | Download the 1213Adj_FEC_guidance as MS Word (529 KB)

Grant letter to further education colleges that we did not directly fund in 2011-12

Download the FEC_new_for_12-13_cover as PDF (117 KB) | Download the FEC_new_for_12-13_cover as MS Word (85 KB)

Annex to grant letter to further education colleges that we did not directly fund in 2011-12 – 2012-13 adjusted allocations

Download the 1213Adj_new_for_12-13_FEC_annex as PDF (279 KB) | Download the 1213Adj_new_for_12-13_FEC_annex as MS Word (231 KB)


Sector as a whole

Tables showing grants for the higher education sector as a whole

Download the sector_tables_201213 as MS Excel Spreadsheet (132 KB)

Recurrent grants for 2012-13 by government region

Download the regional_tables as MS Excel Spreadsheet (181 KB)

2011-12 Rates of funding for March 2013 allocations

Download the rates_of_funding as MS Excel Spreadsheet (1,209 KB)

2012-13 Student numbers from HESES12 and HEIFES12

Download the HESES-HEIFES12_data as MS Excel Spreadsheet (27,461 KB)

2012-13 Grant adjustment summary and students monitored for student number control purposes (both non-exempt and exempt)

Download the 2012-13_SNC_and_grant_adjustment_summary as MS Excel Spreadsheet (130 KB)


Adjusted 2012-13 grant tables (March 2013) for individual institutions

July 2012 announcement 

Allocations of recurrent funding for 2012-13 (July)- Summary tables

Download the Allocations of recurrent funding for 2012-13 (July)- Summary tables as MS Excel Spreadsheet (184 KB) 

Tables showing grants for the higher education sector as a whole

Recurrent grants for 2012-13 by government region

Download the Recurrent grants for 2012-13 by government region as MS Excel Spreadsheet (157 KB)

Breakdown of funding for teaching including details of funding rates for institutions

Download the Breakdown of funding for teaching including details of funding rates for institutions as MS Excel Spreadsheet (607 KB)

2011-12 Grant adjustment summary

Download the 2011-12 Grant adjustment summary as MS Excel Spreadsheet (66 KB)


Covering letter to higher education institutions

 Download the Covering letter to higher education institutions as PDF (110 KB) | ‌Download the Covering letter to higher education institutions as MS Word (103 KB)

Funding agreement with higher education institutions

Download the Funding agreement with higher education institutions as PDF (212 KB) | Download the Funding agreement with higher education institutions as MS Word (137 KB)

Covering letter to further education colleges

Download the Covering letter to further education colleges as PDF (108 KB) | ‌Download the Covering letter to further education colleges as MS Word (98 KB)

Funding agreement with further education colleges

Download the Funding agreement with further education colleges as PDF (245 KB) | ‌

Covering letter to further education colleges not funded by HEFCE in 2011-12

Download the Covering letter to further education colleges not funded by HEFCE in 2011-12 as PDF (125 KB) | ‌Download the Covering letter to further education colleges not funded by HEFCE in 2011-12 as MS Word (101 KB)


2012-13 Student number control limits

Download the 2012-13 Student number control limits as MS Excel Spreadsheet (74 KB) 

March 2012 announcement

Higher education institutions

Grant letter to higher education institutions

Download the HEI_cover as PDF (73 KB)  | ‌

Annex to grant letter to higher education institutions

Download the HEI_annex as PDF (180 KB)  | Download the HEI_annex as MS Word (191 KB)

Technical guidance for higher education institutions

Download the HEI_guidance as PDF (532 KB)  | Download the HEI_guidance as MS Word (517 KB)


Further education colleges

Grant letter to further education colleges

Download the FEC_cover as PDF (67 KB)  | Download the FEC_cover as MS Word (87 KB)

Annex to grant letter to further education colleges

 | Download the FEC_annex as MS Word (161 KB)

Technical guidance for further education colleges

Download the FEC_guidance as PDF (440 KB)  | ‌

Grant letter to further education colleges that we did not fund directly in 2011-12

Download the MarginFECcover as PDF (120 KB)  | Download the MarginFECcover as MS Word (91 KB)

Annex to grant letter to further education colleges that we did not fund directly in 2011-12

Download the MarginFECAnnex as PDF (236 KB)  | Download the MarginFECAnnex as MS Word (210 KB)


Sector as a whole

Tables showing grants for the higher education sector as a whole

Download the grant_for_sector_as_whole as MS Excel Spreadsheet (300 KB)  

Recurrent grants for 2012-13 by government region

Download the grant_by_government_region as MS Excel Spreadsheet (157 KB)  

Breakdown of funding for teaching including details of funding rates for institutions

Download the breakdown_funding_for_teaching as MS Excel Spreadsheet (607 KB)  

2011-12 Student numbers from HESES11 and HEIFES11

Download the HESES11-HEIFES11 as MS Excel Spreadsheet (6,079 KB)  

Forecast 2012-13 Student numbers from HESES11 and HEIFES11

Download the HESES11-HEIFES11_Table7 as MS Excel Spreadsheet (2,821 KB)  

Grant adjustments for 2011-12, including for over-recruitment

Download the grant_adjustment_summary as MS Excel Spreadsheet (57 KB)  


Student number control for 2012-13

Provisional student number control for 2012-13 (letter to institutions 20 January 2012)

Download the Provisional_SNC as PDF (236 KB)  | Download the Provisional_SNC as MS Word (194 KB)

Student number control for 2012-13 (letter to institutions 2 March 2012)

Download the SNClimit as PDF (258 KB)  | Download the SNClimit as MS Word (2,157 KB)

2012-13 Student number control limits

Download the SNC_limits as MS Excel Spreadsheet (87 KB)  


Initial grant tables (March 2012) and student number control limits for individual institutions

Page last updated 24 February 2015