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HEFCE closed at the end of March 2018. The information on this website is historical and is no longer maintained.

Many of HEFCE's functions will be continued by the Office for Students, the new regulator of higher education in England, and Research England, the new council within UK Research and Innovation.

The HEFCE domain - - will continue to function until September 2018. At this point we will close the site entirely and all its information will only be available from the National Web Archive.


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Teaching funding

Funding element2016-17 allocations (April 2016): Total (in £M)
Main teaching allocation for students in high-cost subjects 672
Targeted allocations  688
Total 1,360

Main teaching allocation

This is provided for to support the extra costs associated with teaching students in particular subjects (price groups A to C1).

Postgraduate taught supplement

For postgraduate taught students, we provide an additional £1,100 per FTE in price groups A to C2. Prior to 2016-17, this extra funding was incorporated into high-cost funding, with different rates provided for undergraduates and postgraduates.

Targeted allocations

For 2016-17, we have changed the way we present a number of targeted allocations.

In particular, what was (in 2015-16 and before) presented as the ‘Student opportunity’ allocation (See our student access and success pages for further details) is no longer presented separately. The elements that made up this funding are now distinct allocations.

Targeted allocations for 2016-17 are:

Funding element2016-17 allocations (April 2016): Total (in £ millions)
Supplement for old-regime students 37
National collaborative outreach programme 30
Widening access for people from disadvantaged backgrounds (full-time and part-time) 54
Improving retention (full-time and part-time) 279
Improving provision for disabled students 40
Part-time undergraduates 8
Accelerated full-time undergraduate provision 2
Intensive postgraduate taught provision 35
Erasmus+ and overseas study programmes 28
Students attending courses in London 64
Specialist institutions 64
Very high-cost STEM subjects 24
HEIs’ costs relating to medical and dental staff (Clinical consultants’ pay, senior academic general practitioners’ pay, NHS pensions scheme compensation) 23
Total 688

Supplement for old-regime students

This is a transitional supplement for institutions that recognises the extra costs associated with their remaining old-regime students (students who commended their studies before 1 September 2012). This supplement was introduced in 2015-16 and will be phased out by the end of the 2017-18 academic year.

Page last updated 5 May 2016