The introduction of higher tuition fees and changes to the way higher education is regulated means that students have more choice, and that recruitment across the sector as a whole can change more dynamically.
In turn this gives the sector greater freedom to ‘self-correct’ any imbalance between supply and demand. This means we will only address issues very selectively, and where clear risks are identified.
Support for strategically important subjects
We look to support key subjects where the fees and student support system does not cover full costs.
Where the future of a key subject is at risk and the subject is of national strategic importance, we may also need to intervene, generally in collaboration with sector partners and on the advice of our SIVS Advisory Group.
What are our main activities in this area?
- Additional funds for the teaching of high-cost STEM subjects, including an additional allocation for the highest cost STEM subjects.
- Further funding for demand-raising activity in modern foreign languages, currently provided by the Routes into Languages programme.
- A tuition fee supplement for students engaging in a year of study or work abroad through the ERASMUS exchange programme, or study abroad through another route, from 2014-15.
- Continued support for the Q-Step programme, which seeks to enhance demand for, and provision of, quantitative skills across the social sciences.
- Funding to support sigma, the national mathematics and statistics support network.
We consulted on our new approach to SIVS through evidence from key organisations and through our Teaching Funding consultation.