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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 The information on this website is historical and is no longer maintained.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 element2017-18 allocations (April 2017): Total (in £M)
Main teaching allocation for students in high-cost subjects 652
Targeted allocations  669
Total 1,320

High-cost subject funding

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

In 2017-18, HEFCE took responsibility for funding students starting pre-registration undergraduate courses in nursing, midwifery and certain allied health professions. A total of £32 million has been provided to support these courses in 2017-18, of which £16 million was included in our main high-cost subject allocation. (The remaining £16 million contributed to various targeted allocations). Read more about this transfer.

Targeted allocations

For 2017-18, there have been a number of changes to our targeted allocations.

We discontinued the widening access targeted allocations, and instead increased the funding available to the national collaborative outreach programme to £60 million.

We have provided student premiums for full- and part-time students to support successful student outcomes. These replace the precious allocations for improving retention and incorporate the previously separate allocation for part-time undergraduates.

The postgraduate taught supplement was previously part of high-cost subject funding, but is now shown as a separate allocation.

A transitional targeted allocation has been introduced to support the sustainability of certain nursing and health care professions. This supplement is provided to institutions with the condition that they maintain provision in those professions.

Targeted allocations for 2017-18 are:

Funding element2017-18 allocations (April 2017): Total (in £ millions)
Premium to support successful student outcomes: full‑time 195
Premium to support successful student outcomes: part-time 72
Disabled students’ premium 40
National geographically targeted outreach programme 60
Postgraduate taught supplement 47
Intensive postgraduate provision 35
Accelerated full-time undergraduate provision 2
Erasmus+ and overseas study programmes 29
Students attending courses in London 65
Very high-cost STEM subjects 24
Specialist institutions 57
HEIs’ costs relating to medical and dental staff (Clinical consultants’ pay, senior academic general practitioners’ pay, NHS pensions scheme compensation) 23
Supplement for old-regime students 14
Nursing, midwifery and allied health transitional supplement 6
Total 669

Page last updated 9 June 2017