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Consultation proposals

The deadline for responses to the consultation is noon on Friday 22 July 2016.

We are consulting on proposals relating to teaching funding to support widening access and successful student outcomes, including progression to taught postgraduate study.

The consultation seeks views on changes which we will put into practice from 2017-18.


For the funding we have previously identified as the ‘student opportunity allocation’ we propose:

  • Removal of the widening access element of the allocation, to focus our access investment on the national collaborative outreach programme.
  • Replacement of the ‘improving retention’ element of the allocation with a student premium to support successful outcomes. This will target those institutions recruiting the highest proportions of students from disadvantaged backgrounds, including part-time students.

For taught postgraduate education funding we aim to complement the masters loan scheme. We propose:

  • Continued funding for high-cost subjects at taught postgraduate level at the same level as undergraduate students.
  • Reform of the taught postgraduate supplement to focus on flexible short-cycle provision across all subjects and progression of students from disadvantaged backgrounds.  

We also seek views on:

  • The data underpinning our allocation to support disabled students.
  • How teaching funding could address barriers to participation at taught postgraduate level.

See the proposals and respond to the consultation questions

The consultation questions are available to download below. These are for reference only. Please respond to the consultation online.

Who should reply to the consultation?

The consultation will interest providers of higher and further education, their representative bodies, other sector bodies and students’ unions.

We also welcome comments from anyone else with an interest in higher education in England.

Page last updated 29 June 2016