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The consultation follows changes to the funding of higher education in England set out in the Government's 2011 White Paper, 'Students at the heart of the system' (Note 1). It will inform HEFCE’s approach to teaching funding and student number allocations from 2013-14 onwards (Note 2). The first stage of the consultation focused on changes to funding and student numbers for 2012-13.
HEFCE's funding for teaching will reduce significantly over the next few years. In future, funding for teaching will take account of the choices made by students and will be allocated through publicly funded tuition fee loans. We believe that a combination of fee income and continuing HEFCE funding, focused on the needs of students, will enable higher education institutions to maintain or increase their teaching income over the next few years.
HEFCE funding will be targeted on seven key areas to ensure a high-quality educational experience for every student:
The consultation also invites views on the operation of the student number control from 2013-14. The Government will be issuing further guidance to HEFCE on student number controls, and we will consult on this when we receive it.
Sir Alan Langlands, HEFCE’s Chief Executive, said:
'Our proposals put students first. We will invest on their behalf to ensure that universities and colleges have the funding they need to support excellence and diversity in learning and teaching, and we will work with others to ensure that people with the potential to benefit from successful participation in higher education have the opportunity to do so.
During a period of significant change in higher education funding arrangements, our overarching aim is to ensure a smooth transition to the new arrangements, minimising disruption for students and institutions while encouraging innovation and dynamism.
Higher education must continue to be enriching and inspiring for students, contributing to social, cultural and economic development and building on our strong international reputation.’